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Sunday 17 December 2017

Accenture to expand Irish workforce by taking on 250

Accenture country managing director, Alastair Blair.
Accenture country managing director, Alastair Blair.
Gavin McLoughlin

Gavin McLoughlin

Consulting firm Accenture is to create 250 new finance jobs in Ireland.

Recruitment for the posts has begun and the firm hopes to have all the positions filled by the end of August.

Accenture Ireland managing director Alastair Blair told the Irish Independent that the company is keen to attract people with technology skills in order to help clients adapt to the digital age.

"Many of the clients that we work with have a lot of data on their customers. How do you get access to that and make the most use of it to work out what your customer or consumer wants?

"If your customer or your consumer moves away from walking into a shop or walking into a branch, you need to understand what they're doing online, how they're doing it, and really track a better understanding of what their needs are," Mr Blair said.

He said the company is confident it will get the people it needs despite continuing concerns about the general level of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education here.

"We continue to see and get the sorts of skills, experience and the quality of people we want from the universities, and that includes engineering, material science, design expertise and mathematics.

"Longer term I think it's undoubtedly an issue for us as a country. No doubt, and there's a lot of effort and emphasis both at the Government level and beyond in trying to address this," Mr Blair said.

"I think the most important thing is we encourage people to see mathematics and the harder sciences as interesting and fascinating, and my view on that is those skills are so applicable. We as the industry need to constantly provide interesting and exciting jobs for people to do.

"This is a relentless thing we need to follow now for the next number of years."

Mr Blair said the recruitment drive will probably see the company hire about 50 more graduates than usual this year.

"We will probably end up hiring something in the order of 200 people with what I would call industry skills, around financial services, communications, media, tech, agriculture and food," he added.

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said the announcement was "a further great boost" for the information, communications and technology sector.

"Not only is the ICT sector a key area of growth, but new technologies are changing business models and providing opportunities for new products and services across every sector of the economy," Mr Bruton said yesterday.

Accenture employs around 319,000 people worldwide and has clients in 120 countries.

It had net revenues of $30bn (€26.2bn) for the year ending August 31 last.

Irish Independent

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