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More posts in pipeline vows Deloitte after jobs bonanza for Belfast

Financial services giant to recruit again after hiring 338 new staff

By Lesley Houston

There will be yet further expansion at financial services firm Deloitte in Belfast, a senior partner has confirmed.

Announcing the latest jobs bonanza, the company revealed that on top of 338 new jobs unveiled at its Gas Works technology hub, even more are due to be created in the coming years, though exactly how many has yet to be outlined.

The creation of 338 "high value" positions at its Belfast base will offer a variety of roles including technology with average annual salaries of £33,000.

The news follows the launch of Deloitte's Technology Studio at the Cromac Avenue operation in June which created 177 jobs.

Deloitte delivers professional business services such as consulting, tax, audit and corporate finance to local, UK and wider European markets.

Senior partner at the firm, Jackie Henry, paid tribute to the Department for Enterprise, the Department for Employment and Learning and Invest NI for its support in the latest employment creation boon which she promised would be followed by even more jobs in the coming years.

She said the firm's choice of Belfast for the investment was "made in the face of strong international competition" and was "no mean feat".

"This significant investment in digital and analytics services as well as finance, pensions and actuarial consulting tells the world that here in Northern Ireland we have the skills, the wherewithal and the ambition to succeed in globally competitive markets," she said.

"The excellent performance of the Belfast Technology Studio since it was set up in 2011, together with the support of government, made Northern Ireland stand out as the best place to grow this aspect of our business."

She added that the studio was testament to its expansion in Northern Ireland, stating: "When we make the commitment we really do deliver on it."

She further confirmed the Cromac Avenue building was filled to capacity and the hunt had commenced for new premises to facilitate their ongoing expansion.

Making the announcement, First Minister Peter Robinson said that the firm's growth was a further endorsement of Northern Ireland's people.

"It is a testament to the quality of the Northern Ireland workforce that this internationally renowned company has decided to not only expand once, but twice," he said.

The Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness praised the work of Invest NI, which is supporting Deloitte's latest jobs expansion to the tune of £2.5m, which will also be injected into job training.

He said the economy body had surpassed its jobs creation targets set by the Executive in "phenomenal" fashion despite the "severe economic downturn of the past five years".

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster also attended the jobs announcement which comes in the wake of numerous recent boosts to the local employment market.

"At a sector level, IT and financial services are priority knowledge-based industries for Northern Ireland and attracting mobile international investment is a core pillar of the growth strategy for them." she said.

The Department of Employment and Learning has offered £800,000 to Deloitte's latest move.

Background

The jobs will be housed at new premises to be secured by Deloitte which yesterday revealed its Technology Studio at Belfast's Gas Works, which opened last year, was already filled to capacity. The jobs programme is to be underwritten by an Invest NI employment grant of £1,859,000 and £700,000 under its Skills Growth Programme.

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