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Belfast Lord Mayor welcomes news of additional 400 PA Consulting jobs for the city

4 Sep 2018

Belfast Lord Mayor Councillor Deirdre Hargey has welcomed today’s job creation news from PA Consulting.

Councillor Hargey said: “Today’s announcement that global innovation and transformation firm PA Consulting has chosen to create 400 digital specialist jobs in Belfast over the next five years is very welcome news indeed for the city.

“PA Consulting recognised the abundance of highly qualified talent, the quality of life and infrastructure available here. And as we work to deliver our Belfast Agenda commitment to create 50,000 new jobs in Belfast by 2035 and finalise our Belfast Region City Deal proposition with our partners, which is all about securing Westminster investment to create more and better jobs – we’ve got a laser focus on making it as easy as possible for companies to invest here.”

Speaking about this major investment, Anita Chandraker, Global Head of Innovation Services and a member of the PA Consulting Board, said: “To meet the needs of our clients, we are continually growing our team of digital specialists. Our digital team helps our clients to use digital technologies to adapt and transform their operations in an era of disruptive change.

“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.’

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

The move builds on PA’s existing digital innovation, transformation, design and engineering expertise and their recent acquisition of leading digital insight and strategy agency, Sparkler. At a time when new technologies, business models and customer expectations are disrupting the ways organisations create and capture value, PA works with clients worldwide in both the public and private sectors to diffuse the threats and seize new opportunities through sustainable digital transformation.

Alastair Hamilton, CEO, Invest NI continued: “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.’

“The initial focus for PA will be on Digital Engineering. With roles from graduate-level developers through to Senior Engineering roles available there are opportunities for those interested in digital technology to work on projects involving Dev Ops, software development, data analytics, security, and automated intelligence."

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