Deloitte to create 338 Belfast jobs
G lobal consultancy firm Deloitte is to create almost 340 new jobs in an expansion of its operation in Belfast.
The 338 positions will be available across a range of services including technology, pensions and actuarial consulting, and finance.
Stormont business support agency Invest Northern Ireland has offered the company more than £2.5 million of assistance for the jobs and associated training while the power-sharing administration's Department for Employment and Learning has offered more than £800,000 for pre-employment training of 60 people.
Deloitte, which is expanding its Belfast set-up for the second time, delivers professional business services such as consulting, tax, audit and corporate finance.
Jackie Henry, senior partner of Deloitte Belfast, said: "We're very proud that Deloitte has chosen Belfast as its preferred investment location against intense competition from across the UK and wider global firm.
"The Belfast Delivery Centre is now the firm's UK centre of excellence for technology, pensions and actuarial consulting, finance and tax services.
"This expansion is part of our strategy to develop the Belfast Delivery Centre into a full-service delivery centre for our national and international client base, drawing on the excellent people coming out of our schools and colleges and serving companies from all over the world. These are high-value, quality jobs and we are delighted to have them in Northern Ireland."
Stormont ministers have welcomed the announcement, which comes at a time when the Executive is beset with a range of outstanding political problems.
First Minister Peter Robinson said: "It is testament to the quality of the Northern Ireland workforce and the confidence that Deloitte has in Northern Ireland that this internationally renowned company has decided to not only expand once, but twice here.
"It is tremendous news that this further expansion by Deloitte will increase overall employment in Deloitte Belfast across all services to over 700 by 2019."
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness added: "This announcement of new jobs in Deloitte will make a significant contribution to the local economy worth over £11 million annually. These jobs will pay above the local private sector average providing a considerable injection into the local economy and creating opportunities for experienced professionals, graduates and school leavers.
"This expansion by Deloitte is a strong endorsement we are an ideal location for people to operate their business from. These jobs demonstrate Deloitte's confidence that the north of Ireland is the best place to grow this sector of their business and is recognition of the hard work, dedication, skills and expertise of our workforce."