Business advisers Deloitte delivering on Belfast jobs
Business advisers Deloitte have taken on 200 new staff in the last 12 months, the firm has revealed.
The company last year announced it was creating 338 new jobs in the next five years at its new Belfast 'delivery centre', a move which would add £11m in salaries every year.
Now the firm has said that it's ahead of schedule and plans to have another 150 new people in place by the end of next year in an expansion backed by £2.6m from Invest NI.
Recruitment has been in technology, digital and data analytics in Belfast, as well as in traditional practice areas of pensions audit, consulting and tax practices.
The firm has worked with the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) on an academy programme to get recruits ready, as well as on its BrightStart programme for school leavers.
Senior partner Jackie Henry said: "We have been working hard to deliver on our job creation plans and have already made major inroads, with 60 new starts in September alone.
"We knew that Deloitte NI was ready to take on such a large expansion and that even in a competitive market, Belfast had the skills and talent to help us meet those goals. Our plan to invest more than £30m in recruitment shows our determination to bring world-class services to our clients from Belfast."
She said the decision to expand Belfast had been made "in the face of strong global competition". She added: "Our staff have had access to great opportunities as a result of this expansion strategy and we look forward to the next stage."