Regional financial hubs such as Belfast 'help boost UK as global leader in sector'
Growing financial hubs such as Belfast help boost the attractiveness of the UK as a global centre in the industry, it has been claimed.
Research from TheCityUK shows that more than two-thirds of people questioned here say the financial and professional services sector - which includes banking and law - is "important" to the economy.
Miles Celic of TheCityUK, said: "There is often a misconception that the majority of financial and related professional services jobs are located in London.
"That is far from the truth, with most of these so-called 'City jobs' spread right across the country. These jobs tend to be the high-value, high-productivity roles needed to drive regional prosperity.
"Fostering strong domestic and specialist financial centres like those in Northern Ireland goes on to boost the attractiveness of the UK as a global financial centre. Maintaining this ecosystem is critical to ensuring the UK remains a world-leading place to do business."