One of the world’s largest accounting firms, KPMG, has announced recruitment plans for Northern Ireland today (17 February). The company is investing £14m in its Belfast operations, establishing a new centre of excellence and an Assured Skills Academy covering cybersecurity, applied intelligence and digital transformation.
Northern Ireland economy minister, Diane Dodds, welcomed the new roles. She said: “Today’s announcement of 200 new jobs by KPMG is excellent news for Northern Ireland’s burgeoning professional and financial services sector.
“KPMG established its first office here in 1974 and has since demonstrated its commitment to Northern Ireland time and time again as its operation here has continued to grow.
“This new investment will see it almost double its workforce in Northern Ireland. Of the new roles, 160 will participate in my department’s pre-employment Assured Skills training programme, which will offer the company a pipeline of skilled graduates over the next three years. We will run eight Assured Skills Academies with Belfast Met over the next three years, and the first one is open for applications now.”
Dodds added that the jobs will contribute more than £7m in additional salaries to the local economy. “It is important that we continue to showcase Northern Ireland as an attractive location for inward investment, offering guaranteed talent, a business-friendly environment and strong tech expertise,” she said.
The first Assured Skills Academy will run from 19 April to 23 June, giving participants industry-relevant training in applied intelligence. The goal is to produce a cohort of well-positioned data scientists, data engineers and network analytics engineers. Those who complete the training will be guaranteed an interview for a role at KMPG’s new centre of excellence.
The new jobs are backed by a £1m investment from Invest Northern Ireland. Places in the Assured Skills Academy will receive almost £1.3m from the department for the economy over three years.
Kevin Holland, Invest Northern Ireland CEO, said: “This comes at an excellent time as we focus on rebuilding our economy. Having such a prestigious and world-renowned company reinvest in Northern Ireland is a great endorsement of the wealth of talent and expertise that Northern Ireland has to offer and will further strengthen our dynamic financial services cluster.”
Louise Warde Hunter, principal and chief executive at Belfast Met, commented: “This is a significant investment in future skills.
“Through this programme, participants will receive the most up-to-date, industry-relevant training in this growing sector, giving learners vital opportunities to gain employment after completing the course.”
KMPG’s first Assured Skills Academy is taking applications now from people with at least a 2:2 in any degree discipline or a Level 5 ICT qualification. The closing date is Sunday 14 March.
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