Welsh government gives CGI £3.2m to create 620 new IT jobs

CGI is awarded funding to create 620 new jobs in South Wales over the next five years

The Welsh government has injected £3.2m into CGI to create 620 IT jobs over the next five years.

Based in South Wales, CGI offers outsourcing, application and infrastructure services across the UK. The new roles will be based in Bridgend County Borough, South Wales, where CGI currently employs around 900 people.

The jobs created will vary from entry-level to skilled roles, such as service desk analysts, technical design architects, project managers, security specialists and network engineers.

“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," said Tim Gregory, president of CGI in the UK.

“Our Bridgend-based team will be at the forefront of delivering award-winning services. We are delighted that the Welsh government has recognised the quality of work CGI delivers and the strength of talent of our Welsh members and is helping us to further grow the team.”

CGI plans to use the funding to expand on its secure government and commercial cloud technology through a new security operations centre, in addition to growing its existing service desk and support teams.

The service provider also plans to launch a testing service and develop mobility, healthcare and smart metering technology.

Edwina Hart, minister for the economy, science and transport, said the announcement was excellent news for the community, with 620 new, highly skilled jobs that will yield knock-on benefits for local businesses and the wider community.

“I look forward to continuing to work closely with CGI to support its contribution to the Welsh economy,” she added.

This is not the first time that CGI has received funding from the Welsh government. It was awarded Anchor Company status in July 2014, receiving funding to train new employees and improve the skills of existing staff.

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