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PA Consulting Group to create 400 jobs in Belfast

Gary McDonald Business Editor

PA Consulting, a a global innovation and transformation consultancy with more than 2,600 specialists worldwide, is creating 400 jobs in Belfast over the next five years as part of a multi-million pound government-backed expansion.

The company has already recruited a team of nearly 40 people, including 25 digital specialists.

Once the project is fully established it will generate over £14.5m a year in wages.

PA Consulting said it continually needed to grow its digital team to meet the needs of its international clients.

"Our digital team helps our clients to use digital technologies to adapt and transform their operations in an era of disruptive change," said Anita Chandraker, global head of innovation services and a member of the PA Consulting board.

“We thought long and hard about where was the best place for our next phase of expansion, and considered factors such as the talent pool, the current technology sector, salaries, education and universities, and infrastructure. Northern Ireland ticked all the boxes.

"These factors, combined with the offer of support from government, made it the logical choice."

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Karen Bradley said: “This announcement by PA Consulting shows that Northern Ireland continues to punch well above its weight in terms of proving itself as a top destination to invest and do business.

“This project will create 400 jobs over the next five years. Once the project is fully established it will generate over £14.5m in wages annually, and be a significant boost to the Northern Ireland economy."

PA Consulting has been offered nearly £4m of government support to secure this investment for Northern Ireland.

Alastair Hamilton, chief executive of Invest NI, said: “As well as our support to help create the new roles, the Department for the Economy will also be running a series of Assured Skills academies to provide pre-employment skills training for 155 of the 400 jobs to ensure the new recruits are able to hit the ground running.

“PA has a long track record and world-class expertise in digital innovation and transformation. With offices worldwide and a Global Innovation and Technology Centre in Cambridge, the team in Belfast joins an experienced cadre of scientists, engineers, developers and technologists."

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