Around 200 jobs are being created amid plans for KPMG’s new £14m ‘centre of excellence’ for Belfast.
The professional service firm will deliver a new range of digital consultancy services in major growth areas including cyber-security, applied intelligence and digital transformation for clients across the UK and Ireland.
“The creation of the new ‘centre of excellence’ is the next step in the evolution of KPMG in Northern Ireland,” Johnny Hanna, partner in charge of KPMG in Northern Ireland, said.
We have continually grown the firm to meet the ever-changing demands of our clients and the addition of this digital centre adds an exciting offering, which will have global reach.
“The case for building the team here was made easy by the depth of talent on offer in the digital technology space and the assistance of Invest NI. This investment cements our commitment to NI and we look forward to establishing a world-class team.”
Invest NI has offered £1m of support for the new jobs. The Department for the Economy is also funding pre-employment Assured Skills Academy training places in the amount of almost £1.3m over three years.
“The announcement of 200 new jobs by KPMG is excellent news for Northern Ireland’s burgeoning professional and financial services sector,” Economy Minister, Diane Dodds, said.
“KPMG established its first office here in 1974 and has since demonstrated its commitment to Northern Ireland time and time again as its operation here has continued to grow.
“This new investment will see it almost double its workforce in Northern Ireland. Of the new roles, 160 will participate in my department’s pre-employment Assured Skills training programme, which will offer the company a pipeline of skilled graduates over the next three years. We will run eight Assured Skills Academies with Belfast Met over the next three years, and the first one is open for applications now.
“Once in place, the jobs will contribute over £7m in additional annual salaries to the local economy. This investment also reinforces KPMG’s confidence in Northern Ireland as a key business location post-EU Exit. It is important that we continue to showcase Northern Ireland as an attractive location for inward investment, offering guaranteed talent, a business-friendly environment and strong tech expertise.”
Kevin Holland, Invest NI chief executive, said: “This comes at an excellent time as we focus on rebuilding our economy. Having such a prestigious and world-renowned company reinvest in Northern Ireland is a great endorsement of the wealth of talent and expertise that Northern Ireland has to offer and will further strengthen our dynamic financial services cluster. We look forward to continuing to build our partnership with KPMG for years to come.”
And Louise Warde Hunter, principal and chief executive of Belfast Met, said: “This is a significant investment in future skills. Belfast Met is pleased to be working on this new series of academies with KPMG and the Department for the Economy, and we look forward to welcoming our first cohort of learners.”