Posted on Thursday 19 May 2016 by Ulster Business
Pictured (l to r) at a meeting at Stormont Castle are Brendan Jennings, Managing Partner of Deloitte Ireland, deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, Deloitte NI senior partner Jackie Henry, First Minister Arlene Foster, Deloitte’s UK chief executive David Sproul and Deloitte’s UK chairman Nick Owen.
Business advisory firm Deloitte has ramped up its growth plans with an ambitious pledge to hire an extra 300 people by 2020.
The move will take headcount at the firm’s Belfast bases to 1,000 and make it the biggest Deloitte office in the UK outside London.
The additional hires come on top of its 2014 announcement where it said it would take employment at its Belfast offices to 700 by 2019 as part of a £30m investment backed by Invest NI.
Hiring for those roles is well ahead of schedule with headcount at the firm already at 460 and an additional 43 set to join through its BrightStart Apprenticeship Scheme in September.
It said additional roles at the firm over the next four years will mainly be in its Technology Studio as well as in its human capital, actuarial, tax and audit practices.
First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness met with Deloitte’s UK chief executive David Sproul and chairman Nick Owen who were announcing the roles in Belfast.
“(The growth of Deloitte in Belfast) is testament to the success that the team here has enjoyed since announcing significant expansion plans and the breadth of expertise within the business. This commitment by Deloitte reflects the confidence we have in Belfast as a great place to do business and a hotbed of talent, particularly for graduates and school-leavers.
“It also demonstrates our continued commitment to social mobility as a core part of our talent strategy and our desire to continue to further deliver on this commitment in Northern Ireland.”
First Minister Arlene Foster welcomed the move.
“Deloitte is making this commitment based on the talent and quality of staff in Belfast and it is a clear indicator of the confidence that the firm has in Northern Ireland as a business friendly economy that will continue to grow and attract investment,” she said.
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said the company is close to signing up for new offices.
“Deloitte is delivering on its recruitment plans and is also in the process of securing new Grade A office accommodation. This announcement today demonstrates the Deloitte determination to invest in our economy and the scale of their ambition. Investment by companies like Deloitte signals to other potential investors we continue to offer an attractive ‘pro-business’ environment.”