Published Monday, 28 April 2014
Alistair Hamilton and Mike McKerr pictured with Executive Ministers. (© Presseye)
The company, which is now known as EY, said 486 new positions will be created in Belfast over the next four years.
It plans to recruit graduates, auditors and advisers and the posts are expected to attract high salaries, with an average salary of just under £40,000.
Mike McKerr from EY said: "The roles will comprise of a mobile and static workforce, providing assurance and advisory services to EY's UKI domestic and international client base.
"We have been working closely with Invest Northern Ireland for some time on this project and their support and advice has been instrumental in EYs decision to locate this project in Belfast."
The company currently employs 145 people in its Belfast office and over 1,450 people across its five offices in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
It is expected that the local jobs will deliver an extra £19m per year into the NI economy.
Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster, DUP, said: "Today's announcement will provide excellent employment opportunities across a range of levels in a wide variety of roles including, advisory and assurance specialists, comprising of a mobile and static workforce. In addition, EY will also be seeking people in human resources, finance and administration within its core business services."
Invest NI is offering £3.2m to support the jobs announcement, meanwhile the Department for Employment and Learning will be providing training support.
Employment and Learning minister Dr Stephen Farry, of Alliance, said: "This investment could have gone to a number of other locations and the decision to choose Belfast is based on the availability of a skilled, loyal and committed workforce and our robust infrastructure which provides reliable, high speed and cost effective connectivity."
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