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EY’s expansion in Northern Ireland will create 1,000 jobs

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Accounting giant EY has announced generating 1,000 jobs in Northern Ireland over the next five years.

The company is expanding its workforce to 1,900 and establishing a hub in the north-western region. 

This announcement coincides with Belfast hosting a major investment summit, attracting global businesses and investors. 

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The openings will cover areas like cybersecurity, data analytics, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and emerging technologies.

It caters to a diverse talent pool that includes experienced candidates, recent graduates, and school leavers. 

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Rob Heron, EY Northern Ireland managing partner, said: “Today is an exceptionally proud day for all of us in EY Northern Ireland as we announce a thousand new jobs in the region over the next five years and aim to more than double our headcount to 1,900 in the years ahead.

“Thanks to our partnership with the Department for the Economy and Invest Northern Ireland, we have been able to create this pipeline of jobs and skills development opportunities that we are announcing today.”

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EY said it’d use a new assured skills academy programme, to offer candidates opportunities to reskills and explore fresh career prospects.

"Excellent news for the local economy"

Mike Brennan, permanent secretary at the Department for the Economy, said: “This announcement of 1,000 new jobs by EY is excellent news for the local economy and a further endorsement of Northern Ireland as a rising global player in the fintech and professional services sector.

“This investment by EY strongly aligns with the innovation and inclusivity objectives of the department’s 10X Economic Vision and will provide opportunities for individuals across Northern Ireland to enter the sector.

“My department’s assured skills academies will assist in filling 351 of these jobs across a range of roles and skills areas including data and analytics, cybersecurity, procurement and commercial contract management and project and programme management.”

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