Accenture to hire 1,600 people in the UK

IT services giant Accenture is recruiting 1,600 people in the UK next year in a wide range of roles spread across the country

IT services giant Accenture is recruiting 1,600 people in the UK next year for a wide range of roles across the country.

The company said it is looking for digital and technology skills, operational experience and expertise in certain vertical sectors, such as financial services and retail.

Accenture is also looking for graduates for entry-level positions in Accenture operations and roles, including finance, human resources and marketing.

“We are looking for skilled individuals with the drive to excel in a dynamic and fast-moving environment,” said Accenture UK country managing director Olly Benzecry.

“Above all, they must share our commitment to client service as we continue to help companies across industries transform themselves for success in the new digital landscape. In return, we are offering people a clear, flexible career path alongside world-class training and professional development opportunities.”

Accenture is also hiring 60 apprentices across its locations in London, Newcastle, Newbury and Warwick. This is part of its Technology Apprenticeship scheme launched in 2012. Apprentices work toward achieving a higher apprenticeship for IT, a Level 4 BTEC Diploma and a Foundation Degree.

Accenture offers full-time jobs at the end to “those apprentices who perform well and complete the programme".

As outsourcing IT increases there are more job opportunities in the IT supplies sector. According to analysis by recruitment firm Nixon Williams, in 2009 there were 403,000 jobs in the IT sector compared to 459,000 this year. It found that since 2009 while the number of staff employed by IT firms has increased 13.9%.

In October the London IT sector was criticised for being the worst performer in terms of creating apprenticeships and a London Assembly report said interventions are required for improvement.

The Trained in London report from the London Assembly Economy Committee showed London created the least apprenticeships in the UK except from the North East, with 77,110 in 2012/13.

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