Deloitte invests 30 million in Belfast, Northern Ireland

12 September 2014 Consultancy.uk

Big Four firm Deloitte has announced that it has put £30 million aside to boost its Northern Ireland operations, creating 338 jobs in the region. The new jobs will be fully in place by 2019 and come on top of the previously announced expansion of 177 jobs. The success of the Belfast Technology Studio has, among others, created the incentive to add more jobs in the region.

UK’s First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness have announced the creation of 338 jobs by accounting and consulting firm Deloitte in Northern Ireland. The jobs, to be fully delivered by 2019, are part of the second phase of Deloitte’s expansion, and will add to the positions announced last year as part of phase one. “It is testament to the quality of the Northern Ireland workforce and the confidence that Deloitte has in Northern Ireland that this internationally renowned company has decided to not only expand once, but twice here,” comments Robinson on the expansion.

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Belfast Technology Studio
Following the success of the Belfast Technology Studio – a technology hub based in Northern Ireland’s capital which Deloitte opened in 2011 – the firm in 2013 announced an initial job expansion plan consisting of 177 jobs. Roughly a year later, Deloitte has now unveiled plans for another set of new jobs. “The choice of Belfast for this investment is significant, and was made in the face of strong international competition. The excellent performance of the Belfast Technology Studio since it was set up in 2011, together with the support from government, made Northern Ireland stand out as the best place to grow this aspect of our business,” states Jackie Henry, Senior Partner at Deloitte.

Investment
To create the 338 new positions, Deloitte will invest a sum of £30 million. Local government agencies will support Deloitte with £3.3 million, and Invest NI, a regional business development agency, will contribute £2.6 million to Deloitte's investment. The vacancies will be created in technology, finance and consulting and have average salaries set at around £30,000. All in all, the jobs are expected to inject around £11 million per year into the local economy, which can in itself be seen as an investment. “These jobs will pay above the local private sector average providing a considerable injection into the local economy and creating opportunities for experienced professionals, graduates and school leavers,” says McGuinness.

Jackie Henry - Martin McGuinness - Peter Robinson

With the expansion, Deloitte’s workforce in Northern Ireland will rise to over 700 in the next five years.

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Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

05 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

A pair of Bristol-based consulting firms have been recognized for having among the UK’s best office break areas. People Source Consulting and Ashville were marked out for their vibrant and fun spaces, which feature table games, picnic areas, and even beer.

With competition for talent in the UK continuing to heat up – as the nation continues to enjoy its highest employment rate since the 1970s – firms have been upping their game on multiple fronts to help attract the cream of the crop. In order to successfully court the best candidates, companies are not only taking into account pay and benefits, but are also working to lure potential employees to their firms with the promise of innovative and vibrant work spaces.

In late 2018, employment website Glassdoor announced ten offices had been named the coolest places to work in the UK. Among those lauded for their work in enriching the working day of their employees was Capco – the only consultancy to make the grade.

Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

Now, HomeLeisureDirect.com, a leading games room specialist based in the UK, has announced the ten offices it believes have made the cut for its inaugural Office Breakout of the Year competition. The contest has pitted a diverse range of companies against one another to be named the best office-based breakout space that the UK has to offer. Research from HomeLeisureDirect.com recently revealed that 65% of workers would consider switching employers for a better working environment, making the appearance of two consultancies on the list especially important for their recruitment ambitions.

People Source Consulting – a recruitment business from Bristol – hosts a brightly lit and vibrant space, complete with faux grass and picnic benches, along with a well-stocked beverage fridge – alcohol appears to be an option – as well as an array of tabletop games, including pool. Ashville, an asset management consultancy also based in Bristol, meanwhile boasts a break room decked out with table football, a table tennis court and even arcade machines.

Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

The other eight finalists exhibit offerings including swinging hammocks, scooters and a bizarre and brilliant variety of other features. The other nominees are accessplanit – a software business from Lancaster; Digital 22 – a marketing and design agency from Clitheroe; Roc Search – a tech and engineering recruitment specialist from Reading; Sales-i – a provider of sales analytics software from Solihull; SEC Group – an office fit out company from Stevenage; SLG Brands – a portfolio of beauty brands with a head office in Cheltenham; Zest Digital – a digital marketing agency from Oxford; and 16i – a digital design agency also from Cheltenham.

Andy Beresford, MD of HomeLeisureDirect.com, said, “According to recent reports, the UK is currently seeing record levels of employment, and while that might be a great statistic, the knock-on effect is that it’s becoming harder and harder to recruit top talent… Being named as a finalist gives those shortlisted businesses the opportunity to showcase how they go about delivering a better working environment for their employees, with some top effort evidently involved judging by what we’ve seen.”