Global technology and IT enterprise company HCL Technologies is to establish a software delivery centre in Dublin and create 80 jobs over three years for IT graduates.
HCL Technologies has more than 85,000 employees working in 31 countries and leverages its extensive global offshore infrastructure to provide holistic, multi-service delivery in financial services, manufacturing, consumer services, public services and healthcare.
With the new Dublin centre, HCL Technologies will service more clients and prospects in the financial services, insurance and healthcare/pharmaceutical industries.
Economic growth and increasing demand for IT services forecast for the region influenced the plan for the centre. This, together with the availability of high local IT skill sets and strong graduate programmes, has made Ireland one of the top countries for HCL Technologies in which to make an investment.
The company also has established global delivery centres in UK, Poland, Finland, US, Brazil, China, India, Malaysia and Northern Ireland.
“The real economic success story of Ireland in the mid/late-1990s was based in part on tapping into the global IT boom going on at that time,” Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, TD, said today in announcing the new centre and the jobs.
“If we are to get out of the crisis we’re in and create the jobs we so badly need, a key part of that will be to build on our established strengths and once again now take advantage of the rapid growth in the global IT industry – particularly coming from countries like India and China.”
“HCL is one of India’s leading IT companies and a significant player the global industry, and I met them as part of my recent trade mission to India to discuss the possibility of them locating in Ireland. Today’s announcement that they are creating 80 graduate IT jobs here is extremely welcome, and I am determined to build tirelessly on this to ensure that similar announcements can be made across the economy in the coming years.”
Rajeev Sawhney, president for HCL Europe, said the new centre, with its specialist skills in software development, including multilingual talent and proximity to HCL’s European customers, will add significant value to its global delivery model from which the company can provide on- and off-shore support to meet customers’ specific requirements.
“I would like to acknowledge and thank the assistance of the IDA teams in Mumbai and Dublin who were instrumental in helping us to make the decision to select Ireland as one of the key locations for our European expansion. We look forward to counting Dublin as a pivotal hub of our European presence and expanding our ‘Employees First, Customers Second’ philosophy and message to our local employees.”
IDA Ireland CEO Barry O’Leary added that HCL Technologies has been a major target for IDA since the establishment of its office in India.
“This project is a strategic win for Ireland,” O’Leary said. “HCL is one of the biggest brand names in the Indian IT sector and IDA is confident that this will be a catalyst for further projects from Indian multinational companies to establish operations in Ireland.”
Minister for Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation Richard Bruton, TD, will open proceedings at the Digital Ireland Forum in Dublin on 30 September 2011.