PwC and Catalyst partner to 'help shape NI's global offering'

  • Photo: Catalyst's Elaine Smyth & PwC Operate's Ian McConnell

    PwC NI’s Operate delivery division has joined up with Catalyst - Northern Ireland’s innovation community – to help shape programmes and support entrepreneurship.

    The tech-enabled Operate branch was set up within the professional services firm in 2017 and now employs over 1,000 people in Belfast.  It helps businesses with operational challenges such as financial crime operations and regulatory testing.  

    PwC announced at the end of last year that they will be creating 600 new roles within Operate over five years, through Assured Skills Academies funded by the Department of the Economy.

    The Academies will upskill local graduates and career changers for jobs working with data, analytics and robotic process automation (RPA).

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    Operate’s managing partner Ian McConnell said that the division “is now a major contributor to the local economy” and continued: “It’s important for us, as we research and develop new automated and AI technologies, to be part of a thriving innovation community and help shape Northern Ireland’s global offering.”

    Elaine Smyth, Catalyst’s Director of Innovation Community expressed her “excitement” about PwC’s addition, stating: “Their 276,000-strong global footprint and vast industry knowledge will be key as we seek to attract world class researchers, engineers, entrepreneurial talent and investment to Northern Ireland.”

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    Niamh is a Sync NI writer with a previous background of working in FinTech and financial crime. She has a special interest in sports and emerging technologies. To connect with Niamh, feel free to send her an email or connect on Twitter.

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