Technology firm Accenture have announced 500 new jobs that will mostly be based in Cork and the wider Munster area in a major boost for jobs in the county.
The roles will be created over the next three years and will build on the 5,000 strong workforce that is already in Ireland specialising in areas including technology, cloud, security, strategy, creative and design.
Most of the roles will support the company’s work in the life sciences sector and the new regional hub will support Accenture’s existing capability at Enterprise System Partners (ESP).
ESP is headquartered in Cork and serves clients around the globe and Accenture is also expanding its innovation capability at the Accenture Labs in Dublin and specifically in the area of quantum computing.
The new jobs underpin Accenture’s commitment to creating high value jobs across Ireland and continuing to bring a strong and unique mix of capabilities to its’ clients.
These new roles will offer technology and industry career opportunities across a range of areas including Digital Supply Chain, Cloud and Artificial Intelligence.
The creation of these high-value jobs, in particular those at the new Munster regional hub, will enable collaboration with teams at Accenture’s Leopardstown (Dublin) laboratory facility, bringing together the biopharma manufacturing and laboratory expertise of ESP and Accenture Scientific Informatics Services.
The new hub will also allow for even closer synergies with technology start-up and research systems in the Munster region.
An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin said: “This investment to create 500 jobs over the next three years will increase the skills and manufacturing capacity in Ireland’s life sciences industry – and provide an important boost to the economy.
“Accenture continues to make significant investments and is committed to creating consistently high-value jobs, particularly in Munster.
“This country has the resilience, talent and agility to build on our reputation as an attractive location for innovative, digitally-enabled manufacturing.”
Alastair Blair, country managing director of Accenture in Ireland said: “Accenture is proud to build on our long history in, and commitment to, Ireland with today’s announcement of 500 new roles to add to our 5,000 strong workforce here.
“Accenture is committed to helping our clients apply the very latest digital technologies and drive innovation, further strengthening the position of Ireland as a leader in this area and delivering ground-breaking change.
“Over the last 50 years, we have seen tremendous change and growth, and these new roles are a great indicator of the direction of change in Ireland.
“We are committed to continuing to invest in our people who deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day. We are also committed to building Ireland’s talent base to meet the demands of the increasingly important life sciences industry.”
Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise Trade & Employment, Leo Varadkar TD said: “This is a fantastic boost. Ireland is globally recognised as a centre of excellence for life sciences and Accenture can expect access to a rich talent pool in Munster.
“These 500 new jobs over the next three years is a real vote of confidence in us and our capacity. I wish the Accenture team the very best of luck with this expansion and thank them for their continued commitment to Ireland.”
IDA Ireland CEO, Martin Shanahan said: “This is a terrific announcement which reinforces Accenture’s continued commitment to Ireland and demonstrates the confidence Accenture has in the highly skilled and talented workforce available in the Munster region.
“Already a substantial and valued employer of some 5,000 people in Ireland, these 500 additional jobs will have a considerable beneficial impact on Cork and the wider Munster region and exemplifies IDA Ireland’s strategy of working with established companies to enhance their mandates, growing jobs in regional locations.
“The need for companies to innovate and keep pace with technology change, enhancing their digital and competitive capability, is all important and Accenture’s support of the life sciences sector in this regard is timely and welcome.
“I wish Accenture every success with the establishment of its new regional hub and assure the team of IDA Ireland’s continued success”
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