CGI (TSX: GIB.A) (NYSE:GIB), one of the largest independent IT and business consulting services firms in the world, has expanded its growing UK business into Northern Ireland. The company is extending its Digital Services Delivery Centre into Belfast, adding to its existing workforce of almost 6,000 people throughout the UK, and 90,250 worldwide.
CGI is already recruiting its first team of consultants and professionals who will work alongside the company’s existing Digital Services Delivery Centre in Scotland.
Through this new Belfast centre, CGI plans to expand its client base in both the public and private sector across Northern Ireland, adding to a portfolio of clients throughout the UK and Ireland. The 50 roles CGI will hire range from highly skilled technical and managerial staff, to graduate and apprenticeship entry-level opportunities. Given the strong local talent base, 16 of the open positions have already been hired.
Tara McGeehan, President, CGI in the UK and Australia, said: “CGI is looking forward to partnering with clients in Northern Ireland to deliver world-class IT capabilities and solutions to meet their evolving digital needs. It is an exciting time for both Northern Ireland and CGI, so our aim is to replicate the success we have achieved in Scotland, where we have grown into one of the country’s biggest employers in the IT and business consulting services sector, in less than a decade.”
Lindsay McGranaghan, CGI Vice President, Business Unit Leader for Northern Ireland and Scotland, said: “We are excited to be here in Northern Ireland, to bring on great talent, and to collaborate with the local universities to discuss how we can help them develop new services. Our business model is different to most. Our team are the heart of our business, which is why most are shareholders, and they have the freedom to drive their careers, make decisions in the best interests of clients, take part in the continuous improvement of our company, and benefit from a job well done. Importantly, we live and work near our clients to provide a high level of responsiveness, partnership, and innovation. We work hard to understand their needs and collaborate to meet their goals and advance their business goals.”
Mel Chittock, Interim CEO, Invest Northern Ireland, welcomed the CGI investment and said: “This new consulting centre will have a hub in Belfast as well as the option for employees to blend office and home working. The consulting team will work alongside CGI’s global delivery network to ensure clients have access to best-fit digital capabilities and resources to meet their end-to-end needs. These are high value consulting roles and will play an important role in the CGI network."
“CGI took the decision to locate this new consulting centre in Northern Ireland following a virtual visit in 2020 during the height of COVID. It had been impressed by the quality of our third-level education facilities, the pool of graduates from the universities and colleges and the experience of other businesses that have located here. It is a great win for Northern Ireland and the attraction of this global brand is a further endorsement of Northern Ireland’s world-class professional services capabilities. Added to that, this project will deliver £2m in additional annual salaries to our economy.”
Across the UK, and globally, CGI has a proven track record in, and a deep understanding of, multiple industries including areas such as critical national infrastructure, criminal justice and public safety. CGI offers a wide range of core services including cyber security, digital advisory, transformational ICT and service/system integration to a wide portfolio of private sector companies and public sector organisations.
Fundamental to CGI’s growth in Scotland has been its partnerships as the primary IT provider for City of Edinburgh Council and Scottish Borders Council amongst others. The company is now one of Scotland’s biggest investors in IT and business consulting services, employing more than 500 staff in four offices across the country - Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders, where it recently opened a new office and announced plans to hire an additional 50 consultants into its local workforce during 2023.
Founded in 1976, CGI is among the largest independent IT and business consulting services firms in the world. With 90,250 consultants and professionals across the globe, CGI delivers an end-to-end portfolio of capabilities, from strategic IT and business consulting to systems integration, managed IT and business process services and intellectual property solutions. CGI works with clients through a local relationship model complemented by a global delivery network that helps clients digitally transform their organizations and accelerate results. CGI Fiscal 2022 reported revenue is $12.87 billion and CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB). Learn more at cgi.com.
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