Accenture creates 2,000 UK jobs

In a sign that tech outsourcing is back on track, the US-listed tech outsourcing giant Accenture has said it will create 2,000 UK jobs this year.

According to the company the new roles span a wide range of skills and capabilities and offer opportunities for candidates from experienced executives to entry-level recruits for its graduate programme.

Olly Benzecry, Accenture’s country managing director in the UK & Ireland said that the company was looking for highly motivated, skilled individuals who share our passion for how major UK businesses can transform themselves by harnessing the power of technology – particularly emerging digital technologies – to drive business strategy.

The roles will be spread out across London, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

The move was greeted with great enthusiasm by Prime Minister David Cameron.

These jobs are among 10,000 that have been announced today – jobs that will give people financial security for the future, he enthused.

Accenture says it is also hiring graduates for its Newcastle Apprentice scheme which was launched in 2012.

The programme is aimed at enabling school leavers to earn a salary while developing expert IT skills.

The company will be hoping that it never sees itself in trouble in Blighty like it was in 2003 when it took on a huge National Health Service contract which went nowhere and ended up costing the company £800 million when it had to walk away.