Professional services company PwC is creating 600 new jobs in Northern Ireland over the next five years.

The expansion is in partnership with the Department for the Economy, which is investing £4m in training for the services sector.

It is funding 740 places at training academies over the next five years at Belfast Metropolitan College and Ulster University.

All trainees will be guaranteed a job interview at PwC.

Their training will help them to compete for one of the 600 jobs.

The roles on offer will include data analysts, robotic process engineers and business associates.

PwC’s head of regions Paul Terrington said the jobs would allow the firm to “play a positive role in upskilling the Northern Ireland workforce”.

Heather Cousins, deputy secretary of the Department for the Economy, added that it

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