Pearson to depart current Belfast headquarters

Pearson to depart current Belfast headquarters

Academic publisher Pearson is to vacate its current office premises in Belfast, as it moves towards a hybrid model of working.

It comes after the company announced a strategy of "significantly" reducing office space earlier this year, although it confirmed to The Bookseller it will be keeping office locations at London's Strand, Oxford and Harlow. 

Pearson will vacate the first floor of Millennium House on Great Victoria Street, Belfast, which housed its finance services centre. The 16,000 square foot space cost £330,000 a year and opened in 2017, but will be abandoned following a review of the company's post-pandemic working practices. The Northern Irish office was supported by nearly £2m from Invest NI and the Department for the Economy.

A spokesperson for the publisher confirmed 98% of employees expressed a preference for working from home, according to the Irish News.

The company said: “Pearson's finance services centre in Belfast remains a key strategic asset for us and the value our staff in Belfast bring to us is important.

“As announced in March, Pearson has reviewed its worldwide property strategy and footprint in light of evolving working practices and we are planning to modernise our workplaces, moving to a hybrid working model.

“As such, we are looking for more flexible office space in Belfast.”