01/10/2014

PwC Announces 800 Jobs For Belfast

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has said it is to create 807 new jobs in Belfast. The roles will be filled over the next five years.

More than 300 of the jobs will be for qualified accountants and graduates in the firm's new financial advisory service.

The remaining 500 posts will be for graduates recruited for the firm's global client businesses.

The average salary will be £21,000.

The jobs represent an investment of over £40m, while Invest NI have offered support funding of more than £4m.

Paul Terrington, PwC regional chairman in Northern Ireland said: "Both developments are in line with our strategy of identifying and developing innovative revenue streams to generate growth and have been initiated from within Northern Ireland. They are a testament to the leadership and entrepreneurial endeavour of our local team.

"Our decision to locate both these projects in Northern Ireland reflects our confidence in the high standard of the local graduate pool. Over the years we've benefitted from strong local talent, recruiting both accountancy graduates and graduates from other disciplines."

Welcoming the investment, First Minister Peter Robinson said: "Today's £40million announcement by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is a tremendous boost to the Northern Ireland economy and is another significant vote of confidence in Northern Ireland's talent and attractive business environment.

"These new jobs will provide excellent employment and training opportunities for over 800 people in one of the UK's 'Big 4' consulting firms and will introduce new specialist skills into Northern Ireland's already strong financial services sector."

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness added: "PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is a significant employer in the north of Ireland and this announcement will deliver annual salaries of over £16million to the local economy.

"The 807 new jobs not only reflects the continued demand for the services of PricewaterhouseCoopers but also their desire to use our current and future graduates as the foundation for their business activities worldwide."

In Northern Ireland, PwC already employs more than 1,000 people.

(JP/CD)

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