Accenture says it will hire 1,600 staff across its UK business next year

IT consulting firm Accenture is planning to hire around 1,600 people in the UK by the end of its financial year next August.

The new roles includes entry level and senior executives and apprentices and graduates. The positions will be based at Accenture’s locations throughout the UK, including London, Newcastle, Manchester, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

Accenture is looking for professionals who offer technology and digital skills to fill more than 450 positions across key areas, including information architecture, analytics, mobility, ecommerce and digital marketing. For another 100 positions it is seeking operational and IT strategy expertise for consulting positions to work at Accenture Strategy.

For an additional 350 sector specific roles, Accenture wants industry expertise in financial services, retail, communications, media and entertainment and energy.

And Accenture is also seeking candidates for other graduate entry level positions in Accenture Operations and for a range of corporate roles, which include finance, human resources and marketing and communications. Also, Accenture is hiring another 60 apprentices across its locations in London, Newcastle, Newbury and Warwick, as part of a programme launched in 2012.

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

Of the Accenture recruitment drive, prime minister David Cameron said: "Accenture’s plan to create hundreds of jobs across the country is great news and will mean financial security for more hardworking people.”

Earlier this year, Accenture announced plans to hire 150 technology people for its Newcastle delivery centre by the end of August 2015. The company said it was looking for staff with all levels of application development skills in Java programming and digital technologies to develop, test and manage IT applications for its clients across a range of industries.

Capita apprenticeships

In a separate jobs development, the Capita IT Enterprise Services Intelligent Buildings & Infrastructure Services (IBIS) business has launched an apprenticeship scheme aimed at young people who want to develop an engineering career.

The new scheme includes a training programme that complies with the government’s Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme and enables IBIS to develop multi-skilled engineers. Ten apprentices will be recruited in early 2015 and the business plans to repeat this annually based upon business growth and requirements.

Apprentices will undergo four years of training starting with network infrastructure work, and progress to installing, configuring, testing and integrating IP based CCTV, access control, audio visual and wireless systems, to deliver Capita’s intelligent building solutions.

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