Jobs boost at technology studio
An international consultancy firm is to create 177 new jobs in Belfast.
The graduate positions with Deloitte have been generated with the expansion of its technology studio in the city
The employment boost has been supported with a £1.2 million grant from Invest Northern Ireland. It will bring the number employed in the studio to more than 200.
Danny McConnell, Technology Partner at Deloitte Belfast, said: "The fact that we have chosen to further develop our technology studio in Belfast is testament to the skilled workforce and advanced infrastructure in Northern Ireland.
"With the help of Invest NI we plan to develop a dedicated team of professionals who are passionate about innovative and emerging technology which will enable our clients to stay ahead of the game in this fast changing technological age."
Stormont economy minister Arlene Foster welcomed the announcement on a visit to the Deloitte offices.
"Deloitte is one of the top four global consultancy companies in the world so this is an important and prestigious investment for Northern Ireland," she said.
"This commitment by Deloitte to its technology studio and the creation of 177 new, high quality jobs is proof of Northern Ireland's growing reputation for excellence in technology and the wider ICT sector.
"These jobs will deliver over £6 million annually in salaries and will provide employment opportunities for new and experienced graduates, not only from ICT disciplines but from analytical backgrounds such as science, technology, engineering or maths.
"This is further evidence that Invest Northern Ireland's inward investment strategy is working and that this region is competing strongly with other global locations for high value projects."