KPMG creating 500 jobs in response to huge demand
Accountancy giant KPMG is creating 500 new jobs across Ireland, including at its Belfast office, it has been announced.
The firm, which employs hundreds of staff in Northern Ireland, said the move was down to "strong client demand".
The new staff will be taken on over the next 12 months.
KPMG said around 200 of the new roles would be filled with experienced staff. A further 300 will be graduate positions.
But the company added that it was unable to break down how the new posts would be spread across the business in Ireland, and how many of the jobs would be based in Belfast.
Shaun Murphy, managing partner of KPMG in Ireland, said: "We are targeting professionals at home and abroad to fill 200 positions in the areas of management consulting, risk consulting, tax, audit, restructuring and transaction services."
"In recent years, we have seen a lot of evidence of Irish professionals working abroad looking to come home.
"We can offer competitive packages as well as a challenging and rewarding career working with some of Ireland's leading indigenous and multinational companies."
According to the firm, despite the uncertainty caused by factors such as Brexit, KPMG is seeing positive performances in many sectors.
Across Ireland, the company's workforce has grown to 2,500, up from 2,000 in 2014.
KPMG provides audit, tax and advisory services in Belfast, Dublin, Cork and Galway.
"Ireland remains one of the world's most attractive locations for mobile international investment and we are also seeing more and more Irish companies scaling successfully in international market," Mr Murphy said.
"The key to KPMG's success and growth is giving clients the best advice. That means every year recruiting the best and the brightest talent coming out of our universities."