Accountancy firm creates scores of jobs in Belfast
An accountancy firm is to create 43 new jobs in Belfast after it secured a lucrative international contract.
BDO Northern Ireland's workforce enlargement, which will generate an extra £1 million a year in salaries, has been backed by Stormont business support agency Invest NI.
The new roles will provide professional services to a range of blue chip and FTSE 500 clients within the BDO International network.
The posts will be created over the next three years. BDO currently employs around 170 people in Northern Ireland.
Invest NI has offered BDO £217,935 to support the recruitment of 36 of the 43 new jobs, as well as the company's training activities.
Peter Burnside, managing partner of BDO Northern Ireland, said: "As an established local firm we are committed to investing in and developing the local marketplace, creating as many employment opportunities as we can.
"Through our membership of the BDO International network we have been able to secure this significant contract with the support of Invest NI.
"At BDO Northern Ireland, we provide careers, not just jobs, and this contract enables us to create up to 43 new positions that will contribute over £1 million per annum to the local economy.
"With 12 of the roles already filled, we are continuing to recruit and greatly appreciate all the support provided by Invest NI."
First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness attended the jobs announcement in Belfast on Wednesday.
"This is a promising new venture for BDO Northern Ireland which operates as part of an international accountancy and business advisory network," said Mrs Foster.
"These 43 new jobs will generate over £1 million annually in additional salaries and bring BDO Northern Ireland's employment levels to over 200 people by 2018.
"I congratulate BDO for this expansion and commend Invest NI who worked hard to secure this investment by offering the company over £217,000 in employment grant and training support.
"I wish BDO continued success in the competitive environment in which they provide professional services."
Mr McGuinness said: "BDO's decision to establish this new business line and create 43 new jobs is a positive development for the local economy.
"BDO require a skilled and educated workforce and this expansion in Belfast is testament to existing BDO staff and the wider labour market. In addition to salaries of over £27,000, the new jobs will provide employment and training opportunities for people at various stages of their career.
"I congratulate BDO and assure them the Executive will continue to make every effort to create a 'pro-business' environment enabling companies to grow and create jobs."