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World's largest education company creates jobs boost for Belfast

Up to 300 new finance jobs are to be created in Northern Ireland at the largest education company in the world.

Pearson plc is an education publishing and assessment business and has opened a new centre in Belfast.

It will expand as part of its plans to unify its global finances.

Around 100 new roles are already in place, and the firm will be seeking more accountants and analysts.

Suzanne Willmott, director and centre lead at Pearson, said: "Northern Ireland is an ideal location for our global finance centre and we are thankful for the support of Invest Northern Ireland, the Department for the Economy, EY and other partners in enabling this move.

"This is part of a major efficiency programme across Pearson's finance funct ion, which will enable us to introduce global best practices and ultimately make the business simpler and more efficient."

The Department for the Economy has offered £460,000 and Invest NI nearly £1.5 million towards the new jobs.

Alastair Hamilton, chief executive of Invest Northern Ireland, said: "The establishment of this new financial and information management centre has already created new employment opportunities and will continue to drive job creation in Northern Ireland over the next few years.

"Pearson is the largest education company in the world, and this project represents a significant investment into the Northern Ireland economy, secured with our support."

Pearson is the world's learning company, with expertise in educational courseware and assessment, and a range of teaching and learning services powered by technology.

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