Technology Consultancy Firm Accenture announced its plans to expand its presence in Ireland with the creation of 500 jobs over the next three years. Based in Cork and the wider Munster area, these new roles will build on Accenture’s existing workforce of 5000 people in Ireland, specialising in areas including security, cloud, technology, strategy, creative and design.
A new technology hub will be established in Minster as part of Accenture’s expansion plans. This regional hub will be supporting the growth of Accenture’s existing capability at Enterprise System Partners (ESP), a consulting and manufacturing services provider for the life sciences sector which Accenture had acquired in 2019. Headquartered in Cork, ESP provides consulting and manufacturing services to clients all over the world.
Accenture is also expanding its innovation capability at the Accenture Labs in Dublin, with a key focus on quantum computing. New roles will also be added in The Dock – Accenture’s flagship R&D and Innovation Centre. The technology firm says that these new roles will offer technology and industry career opportunities across areas like Digital Supply Chain, Cloud and Artificial Intelligence.
Leo Varadkar TD, 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.”
Country Managing Director of Accenture in Ireland, Alastair Blair, 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.”
Taoiseach Micheál Martin, TD, 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.”
According to IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan, the news was particularly good for the Munster workforce.
He stated: “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.”