Business consultancy Deloitte is to create 177 new jobs over the next three years at its Belfast Technology Studio, on the back of a stg£1.2m investment from Invest NI in the studio’s expansion.
The new jobs will bring the number of staff at Deloitte’s Belfast Technology Studio to 201.
Deloitte said most of the jobs would be tailored to graduates and will be mid to low-level entry positions.
The expansion will require a range of skills and experience, including digital software engineers to develop web/mobile platforms, and systems integration engineers to solve the challenges associated with leveraging legacy data and backend systems.
Testing skills will be in high demand, where candidates must have an acute attention to detail in order to ensure software is of a sufficient quality.
Analytics skills will also be highly sought after, which may come from a range of diverse backgrounds, including science, technology, engineering or maths, but candidates should all have an appreciation of the business value in harnessing insightful data.
Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said the new positions will provide an estimated stg£6m in salaries in the Northern Ireland economy.
Danny McConnell, technology partner at Deloitte Belfast, said the investment in the Belfast Technology Studio represents a significant step up from the company’s previous ambitions in Northern Ireland.
“(This investment) is a direct response to major new opportunities we have identified in the provision of specialist and integrated analytics, digital and testing services,” said McConnell.
“The fact that we have chosen to further develop our technology studio in Belfast is testament to the skilled workforce and advanced infrastructure in Northern Ireland.
“With the help of Invest NI we plan to develop a dedicated team of professionals who are passionate about innovative and emerging technology which will enable our clients to stay ahead of the game in this fast-changing technological age,” McConnell added.
Recruitment for the new jobs has already begun.