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Deloitte to create 338 new jobs for Belfast as part of £30 million expansion

By John Mulgrew

Financial firm Deloitte is creating 338 new jobs in Belfast as part of a multi-million pound expansion.

The company will expand its operations over the next five years - bringing the firm's Northern Ireland workforce to more than 700.

It's part of a £30 million injection into its Belfast operations.

The jobs are in addition to 177 roles created in 2013, after the global consultancy firm launched its new technology hub in the city.

The new positions will be across a number of different roles, including technology.

The Technology Studio was started as a pilot in Belfast in 2011 and is now being developed into a fully fledged centre.

Average annual salaries are said to be around £33,000.

Deloitte senior partner, Jackie Henry said choosing Belfast for such a large expansion was "significant".

"This is a proud and exciting day for Belfast, Northern Ireland and Deloitte," she said.

"This significant investment in digital and analytics services as well as finance, pensions and actuarial consulting tells the world that here in Northern Ireland we have the skills, the wherewithal and the ambition to succeed in globally competitive markets."

"The choice of Belfast for this investment is significant, and was made in the face of strong international competition.

Invest NI has put forward a total of £2.6 million towards Deloitte's latest investment.

Today's jobs announcement was made by First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

Peter Robinson said it was a "testament to the quality of the Northern Ireland workforce".

The additional 338 jobs will be in place by 2019.

Martin Guinness said the roles would be a "significant contribution to the local economy worth over £11 million annually".

The latest jobs surge comes just days after one of the world's largest law firms is to expand its operations to Belfast with the creation of more than 250 new jobs.

Baker & McKenzie has set its sights on Northern Ireland and is bringing the new posts with the opening of its 'global services centre'.

Based in Belfast, 70 staff will be appointed in 'legal services' with a further 185 in support roles.

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