Foster announces 45 new jobs for HR consultancy firm

Oct 04, 2010

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Pictured at Mercer's Belfast office at Clarendon Dock are Gregor Law, Head of Mercer's Retirement Service Centre in Belfast and Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster.

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster today announced an expansion by Mercer, one of the world’s largest HR consulting firms, which will create 45 new high quality jobs.

Invest Northern Ireland has offered £450,000 of support to secure the expansion which will double Mercer’s existing presence in Belfast and generate additional annual salaries of over £1million.

Headquartered in London, Mercer Ltd’s Retirement, Risk &Finance business provides a wide range of strategic and compliance-related pensions advice to companies and pension scheme trustee boards to support the overall financial management of pension plans.

Mercer’s Retirement Service Centre in Belfast currently provides back-office actuarial services for Mercer’s UK business. The expansion will see it expand its services to support Mercer’s customers in mainland Europe.

Arlene Foster said: “This is a high quality investment by one of the world’s leading HR consultancies. Invest NI support has secured 45 new posts which will generate salaries well above the NI average and enable this specialist facility to broaden its services into key European markets.

“This is an extremely important investment as it will allow Northern Ireland to demonstrate once again its diverse and talented workforce, and its close proximity to Europe which benefits so many international companies.”

Gregor Law, Head of Mercer’s Retirement Service Centre in Belfast, said: “Our network of retirement service centres around the world continues to provide an efficient actuarial service to a growing client base. In seeking a location from which to develop the European marketplace, Belfast stood out for us given our existing experience of this region, the strongly skilled people and the support offered by Invest NI.”

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