400 new digital consulting jobs for Northern Ireland

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A global consulting company is to create 400 jobs in Northern Ireland.

PA Consulting said the talent pool, current technology sector, education level, universities and infrastructure were factors in the decision.

The posts will enhance the organisation’s digital expertise.

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

PA Consulting is opening a digital development centre in Belfast.

It recruits specialists in software engineering, data analytics and security.

Ms Chandraker added: “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.”

Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley said the project will create 400 jobs over the next five years.

“Once the project is fully established it will generate over £14.5 million in wages annually, and be a significant boost to the Northern Ireland economy.”

PA Consulting has been offered nearly £4 million 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 its 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.

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