The Canadian IT services firm CGI have announced plans to create 620 new roles in South Wales after its expansion has been backed by the Welsh Government with £3.2m business finance.
The expansion will take its Bridgend based sites workforce over 1,500, a quarter of the firm’s UK based staff, as it looks to expand and grow its market share in cyber-security related services to both the public and private sector.
The current South Wales operations deliver a range of outsourcing, application services and infrastructure services to clients across the UK for the company.
The First Minister for Wales, Carwyn Jones said: “This is great news for Wales and our IT sector and a great vote of confidence in Wales as a place to do business. It speaks volumes about what Wales has to offer as a business location for companies looking to expand.”
Business Minister Edwina Hart added: “CGI is an important employer in South Wales and I am delighted it has committed to continuing to develop its workforce in the region.
“Today’s announcement is excellent news for the region with 620 new skilled jobs that will yield knock-on benefits for local businesses and the wider community.
“I look forward to continuing to work closely with the company to support its contribution to the Welsh economy.”
The president of CGI in the UK, Tim Gregory, said: “As we continue to grow our business and our clients increasingly adopt newer technologies such as cloud it is more important than ever that we can offer them a highly-skilled workforce.
“Our Bridgend based team will be at the forefront of delivering award winning services and solutions.”
Significant funding has been received by the firm from the Welsh Government’s Skills Growth Wales programme, in order to assist in the development of the firm’s workforce in Wales. The funding is being used to train new employees and up-skill current members.
A condition of the grant is that all jobs are in place within five years.