New jobs for Galway as Sogeti announces expansion plans
By Martina Nee
A leading IT consultancy and services provider has announced that a number of jobs in Galway will be created, as well as in Dublin, through the expansion of its offices over the next three years.
Minister for Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation, Richard Bruton, announced on Tuesday that Sogeti, which has offices located in the Galway Technology Centre in Mervue, is to create 65 new jobs. Recruitment is already in progress and it is understood that there has been high interest shown in the positions which will be a mix of high skilled and graduate roles in the IT sector.
Sogeti is headquartered in Paris, France, and is a leading provider of professional technology services, specialising in application development and management, end to end quality assurance, and ERP solutions. The company has had a presence in Ireland since 1979 and is a subsidiary of global consulting, IT and outsourcing company Capgemini. The expansion plans, which will see Sogeti’s Irish workforce increase to more than 150 people, is a result of the company’s strong growth and healthy pipeline of new business and Sogeti’s services are a key part of the IT infrastructure of Irish based multinationals, helping them to deliver their international business.
While on a trade mission to China, Minister Bruton made the announcement from Beijing describing the Sogeti’s expansion plans, as “an indication of what is possible”. He added: “The Action Plan for Jobs targets IT and outsourcing as key sectors where Ireland has the potential for major employment growth. The global ICT sector is expected to grow by five per cent per annum in the coming years, and with implementation of the right Government policies Ireland is extremely well positioned to take advantage of that growth... I am determined to implement the Action Plan for Jobs and ensure that this [jobs announcement] can be replicated across the country in the coming years.”
Welcoming the announcement was Senator Lorraine Higgins who described it as “positive news”. The Seanad Labour spokesperson on foreign affairs and trade added: “The announcement is another boost for the area and I hope it marks the beginning of a wave of new inward investment into the region. This move is indicative of the confidence that businesses still have in Ireland as a profitable place to do business, despite our economic difficulties. We need to be continually selling the message that Ireland is a viable and safe base for business, so that expansions of this nature become more commonplace. These highly skilled jobs are exactly the type of jobs which Ireland and Galway need. Tackling unemployment remains at the forefront of the Government’s agenda. As outlined in the Action Plan for Jobs, the Government is actively working on cutting red tape to make it easier for companies to do business in Ireland.”
Senator Higgins concluded: “I remain determined to work with my colleagues in Government to ensure that Galway will be kept to the forefront of the jobs agenda, and make sure that jobs announcements like the one today can be more frequent.”