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BDO to create 43 new jobs in Belfast

Pictured, from left, first minister Arlene Foster; Peter Burnside, BDO NI, Ashley Carter, BDO and deputy first minister Martin McGuinness‎ at the jobs announcement

BUSINESS advisory firm BDO is to create 43 new jobs over the next three years, it has announced.

The expansion will add more than £1 million in salaries to the north's economy annually.

The new roles will provide professional services to a range of blue chip and FTSE 500 clients within the BDO International network.

The recruitment drive is being backed by almost £218,000 from Invest Northern Ireland.

The company already employs more than 170 people in Northern Ireland and provides professional services to more than 1,000 businesses.

BDO Northern Ireland managing partner Peter Burnside said: “As an established local firm we are committed to investing in and developing the local marketplace, creating as many employment opportunities as we can. Through our membership of the BDO International network we have been able to secure this significant contract with the support of Invest NI.

“At BDO Northern Ireland, we provide careers, not just jobs, and this contract enables us to create up to 43 new positions that will contribute over £1million per annum to the local economy. With 12 of the roles already filled, we are continuing to recruit and greatly appreciate all the support provided by Invest NI.”

The announcement was made by the first and deputy first ministers.

First minister Arlene Foster said it was "a promising new venture for BDO Northern Ireland which operates as part of an international accountancy and business advisory network".

“These 43 new jobs will generate over £1million annually in additional salaries and bring BDO Northern Ireland’s employment levels to over 200 people by 2018," she added.

“I congratulate BDO for this expansion and commend Invest NI who worked hard to secure this investment by offering the company over £217,000 in employment grant and training support.

“I wish BDO continued success in the competitive environment in which they provide professional services.”

Deputy first minister Martin McGuinness added: “BDO’s decision to establish this new business line and create 43 new jobs is a positive development for the local economy.

“BDO require a skilled and educated workforce and this expansion in Belfast is testament to existing BDO staff and the wider labour market. In addition to salaries of over £27,000, the new jobs will provide employment and training opportunities for people at various stages of their career.

“I congratulate BDO and assure them the Executive will continue to make every effort to create a ‘pro-business’ environment enabling companies to grow and create jobs.”

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