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Sunday 23 October 2016

280 new jobs as Accenture and Morgan McKinley expand

Paul O'Donoghue

Published 01/10/2015 | 02:30

Alastair Blair of Accenture and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at yesterday’s announcement
Alastair Blair of Accenture and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at yesterday’s announcement

Almost 300 new jobs are to be created with the expansion of Dublin-based consultancy firm Accenture and Irish recruitment company Morgan McKinley.

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Accenture, the world's largest consulting firm in terms of revenue, is to create 200 jobs new jobs over the next 12 months at a new Dublin innovation centre.

The centre will be used to research and develop technology for the company's clients. The investment is backed by IDA Ireland. Around €25m will be invested in the project between new hires and the new office. The firm is looking to take on staff with with R&D and design expertise in areas such as in cognitive computing, advanced analytics and digital marketing.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, the country managing director of Accenture Ireland, Alastair Blair, said that the firm chose to develop the hub in Dublin "because of the people and the place itself".

"It has great tech graduates [and] the reality is that Dublin has become a startup hub, it is a place for companies to develop," he said. "We have the best tech firms in the world on our doorstep [and] we are in the heart of that."

He said that although it has not yet located a property for the centre, recruitment is to begin immediately.

"We are looking for a facility in Dublin at the moment, we would like to be up and running by the middle of next year," he said.

Accenture, which is founded in the US and incorporated in Dublin since 2009, already employs 1,800 people in Ireland and has 358,000 staff in 120 countries.

Seperately, Irish professional recruitment firm Morgan McKinley yesterday announced a global recruitment drive across its ten locations worldwide.

The expansion will see the company hire 300 people over the next three years, growing its global workforce from 800 to 1100 people.

Of these roles, 80 will be based in Morgan McKinley's offices in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Waterford.

The jobs will range from junior to senior consultant positions and the company is to begin recruiting immediately.

Morgan McKinley also has officers in the UK, Dubai, China, Singapore, Australia and Japan. The company said that it has seen strong growth so far this year, and added that the outlook going into 2016 "remains positive".

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