The North East's booming IT sector has been given another shot in the arm after Accenture announced it would be creating 150 new jobs at its Newcastle Delivery Centre.
The business, which builds IT systems for some of the biggest companies in the world, intends to fill the highly skilled technology positions by the end of August next year.
Professionals at all levels with application development skills in digital technologies and Java programming are being sought for the roles, which will focus on developing, testing and managing IT applications for clients across a range of industries.
The news comes at a time when the region is enjoying a growing reputation as an IT and tech hub, with Accenture playing a key role in highlighting homegrown talent in the sector.
“We are delighted that our North East operation is seeing this level of demand and, from a wider point of view, this is consistent with the message that the IT sector here is growing,” said Bob Paton, managing director at the Delivery Centre.
“People are seeing the quality products we can deliver in the North East and they want more of it. That is testament to the people who work for me and do a first class job.”
He added that the Newcastle business was seeing a continued demand for traditional IT systems, but that emerging technologies, including cloud, mobility, analytics, interactive and big data were also playing a role in its success.
The latest recruitment drive continues Accenture’s blistering growth in the region, where headcount has risen from around 200 in September 2010 to 380 currently. It follows the creation of an additional 90 jobs in April.
Additionally, Accenture has recently taken on 20 people as part of its UK Technology Apprenticeship Programme, taking the total number of higher level apprentices in the North East to 52.
According to Mr Paton, a balance of apprentices, graduates and experienced employees have created the perfect recipe for the business, which has played a key role in the likes of Dynamo, established to highlight the region’s IT sector while bringing more young people into it.
“If you look around the North East, there are some fantastic industries - automotive, subsea, renewables, the petrochemical industry - and they are all doing some great things,” he said. But we are also up there in the IT sector.
“Going forward, business and eduction have got to work together. We need to work with primary schools, secondary schools, colleges and universities, making sure we constantly increase the pull of young people who are ready to get into the IT industry.
“At Accenture, we’re increasingly getting out there into schools and every time we see a real enthusiasm for what we’re doing.”
Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, employs more than 305,000 people in total, serving clients in more than 120 countries.
The company, which generated net revenues of US$30bn for the year ended August 31, has had a presence in the North East for 16 years, starting out at the old Fleming Business Centre in Jesmond before moving to the Cobalt Business Park in North Tyneside.
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