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PwC's Belfast hub tops rest of its UK divisions for growth

By John Mulgrew

Northern Ireland is now the fastest-growing arm of professional services firm PwC, after the accounting giant posted overall sales of £3.4bn.

UK revenue at the multinational is up 11% in the 12 months to June 20 this year.

And just last month it revealed it's hiring more than 1,000 new tech specialists to address growing cybersecurity concerns among its clients following a number of high-profile hacks on UK businesses.

That will means dozens of jobs could be on the cards for Belfast.

PwC said all of its core businesses, which includes assurance, tax, deals and consulting, experienced growth.

Its Northern Ireland base is the fastest-growing division in the UK, with close to 1,400 people. More than 550 students and experienced professionals were recruited during the year.

The firm's regional chairman here, Paul Terrington, said: "PwC in Northern Ireland remains the leading advisor to family-owned and owner-managed businesses across Northern Ireland and our advisory, tax and deals services have seen steady demand. In parallel, we have enjoyed significant growth in technology, digital and emerging technologies and PwC in Belfast is now a leading global centre for disruptive technologies, particularly in financial services.

"Consequently, we have had a strong year across all our activities, in both domestic and export markets and we expect this growth to continue, in terms of both client activity and headcount.

"We recruited close to 600 people in the past year."

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