Accenture is reacting to the craze for cloud and cybersecurity with plans to boost its UK workforce by 3,000 new roles over the next three years.
Half of the roles will be based outside of London, expanding Accenture’s presence in Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh and Glasgow, and adding to its existing UK workforce of approximately 11,000 people.
The company says the new roles are being driven by increased client demand for services in platforms, cloud engineering, cybersecurity, data and intelligent operations.
Simon Eaves, Market Unit Lead, Accenture in the UK & Ireland, explains: “The UK economy is rebounding swiftly following the pandemic and we are seeing strong demand from clients seeking to capitalise on this growth opportunity.”
As this is pretty good news for the country, politicians have unsurprisingly popped up to participate in the positive vibes.
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng notes: “Today’s announcement is a huge vote of confidence in UK plc and shows that, backed up by a skilled workforce, the UK remains one of the best locations to expand and grow a business.”
Digital Secretary Nadine Dorries adds: “It’s fantastic to see Accenture creating thousands of new high-skilled jobs in a number of our regional tech hubs. This investment is testament to the UK’s global reputation for innovation and talent.”
The announcement continues Accenture’s investment in the UK following six acquisitions made earlier this year – cloud and digital transformation consultancy Infinity Works, SAP partner Edenhouse, leadership and talent consultancy Cirrus, retail technology and supply chain consultancy REPL Group, management consultancy BCS Consulting and consulting firm Founders Intelligence.
Accenture acquired BCS Consulting last month to beef up its UK financial services consulting and technology services capabilities.
Headquartered in London, BCS’s 250 staff join Accenture’s UK Financial Services Strategy and Consulting practice. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Earlier this month, Accenture bought London-based Founders Intelligence for an undisclosed sum.
The acquisition “strengthens Accenture’s capabilities to help senior executives create and scale new business models and achieve sustainable value from innovation”.
Founded in 2013, Founders Intelligence also has offices in São Paulo and Berlin. Clients listed on its site include Facebook, Sky, ITV, BP and Shell. Its team of 35 staff will join Accenture’s Innovation practice.