CGI (TSX: GIB.A) (NYSE: GIB) CGI today welcomed Premier Couillard of Québec and First Minister Jones to its Bridgend facility where the leaders engaged in a media briefing and site visit. As a Canadian headquartered company and the largest ICT employer in South Wales, CGI is honoured to play a key role in facilitating Canadian investment in Wales.
Following the announcement in October last year of £3.2million in funding from the Welsh Government to help support the creation of 620 new jobs over the next five years Chris Morton, Vice President and Head of Service Operations, CGI UK provided an update on the recruitment drive: “Since the announcement in October we have been recruiting steadily with a net rise of 75 new positions in South Wales, bringing our headcount to nearly 1,200 members in the region.”
He continued: “We really appreciate the support from the Welsh Government, and in addition, CGI has also made a significant investment in skills development and our graduate and apprenticeship programmes. We were honoured to welcome both Premier Couillard and First Minister Jones to CGI Bridgend to see our shared service centre and 5 Star accredited service desk first hand.”
First Minister Carwyn Jones said: “I am delighted that we have been able to support CGI with their expansion in Wales especially as it came off the back of a meeting between Michael Roach, the President of the Canadian based company, and I in Montreal last July. CGI is one of our anchor companies and is committed to the highest ICT standards. We want Wales to be a ‘connected’ economy with a domestic and international reputation as a place to start, grow and sustain an ICT business. CGI is a great example of that in action.”
Premier of Québec, Philippe Couillard said: “Québec and Wales are recognised as leaders in the information technology sector. In addition to contributing to the development of our economies, CGI helps to maintain this advantageous position in a highly competitive market. I welcome the success of this flagship of Québec entrepreneurship.”
CGI delivers a range of outsourcing, application services and infrastructure services to clients across the UK from South Wales. The new roles will support CGI’s growth plans in developing new solutions based on Secure Government and Commercial Cloud technology, development of its new Security Operations Centre and expanding its current service desk and support teams. CGI will also be introducing a new testing service for delivery of products and services, as well as continuing its work to develop mobility solutions, healthcare and smart metering technology.
Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is the fifth largest independent information technology and business process services firm in the world. Approximately 68,000 professionals serve thousands of global clients from offices and delivery centers across the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific, leveraging a comprehensive portfolio of services including high-end business and IT consulting, systems integration, application development and maintenance, infrastructure management as well as a wide range of proprietary solutions. With annual revenue in excess of C$10 billion and an order backlog of approximately C$18 billion, CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB). Website: www.cgi.com.
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