Employment at firms in Northern Ireland grew at the fastest rate in over a decade during March, a Bellwether business survey said today.

The Ulster Bank purchasing managers' index (PMI) said firms in Northern Ireland were now in their third quarter in a row of strong growth.

And hiring bore the strongest evidence of the robustness of the recovery – a finding reinforced in last week's announcement of 1,000 new jobs at call centre firm, Concentrix, in Belfast.