Ernst & Young to create 25 jobs
A business advisory firm delivered a strong vote of confidence in the future of the Irish economy as it announced 300 new jobs including 25 in Belfast.
Ernst & Young will take on its new staff in the next 18 months as part of an Ireland-wide move to get ready for economic recovery.
A spokesman said the Belfast jobs would be mainly for newly qualified accountants, though some roles would be for experienced people.
The company said it intends to hire 300 new employees in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Waterford and Belfast "in response to new business opportunities and in anticipation of the island of Ireland economy beginning to recover".
It's understood the firm made job cuts of around 1% across Ireland during the recession - fewer than similar firms, as Ernst & Young was less involved in the construction and property sector.
The recruitment drive will increase Ernst & Young's workforce in Ireland by over a third from the current 1,100.
Mike McKerr, managing partner at Ernst & Young in Ireland, said: "Although it has been a difficult few years for our profession, we are seeing new opportunities arise as businesses seek advice on cost reduction, growth and recovery from the financial crisis. Investing in our people and building the next generation is essential to sustain the growth of our business."