THE city has received a major boost with 220 new jobs to be created by a leading multi-national.
HCL Technologies, a leading global technology and IT enterprise company, is to establish a Software Delivery Centre in Kilkenny.
Environment Minister, Phil Hogan confirmed that intense negotiations have been going on over the last number of months with the IDA and the company to copperfasten the jobs for Kilkennyb eating off competition from a number of other urban centres, some in the South East.
The company, which is an IDA Ireland client, will create 120 jobs immediately increasing to 220 over two years at Danville Business Park on the outskirts of the city. The graduate positions will be advertised in the coming weeks.
Hindustan Computers Ltd(HCL), India’s leading technology company, already has a major presence in Belfast and Armagh servicing clients in telecom and banking. It also has a network of offices in 26 countries, with 88,000 professionals who operate from 31 countries, including more than 500 locations in India.
“I am delighted to welcome a company of the calibre of HCL to Kilkenny,” Minister Hogan said. “HCL is a pioneer of modern computing and with its worldwide penetration will prove a major success here in Kilkenny.
“India is one of the leaders in the global IT explosion and is also one of the few economies that have been doing well, in spite of the global recession. Partnering with Indian enterprises is very advantageous for the Irish economy,” he pointed out.
“With this centre HCL will service a growing number of HCL clients in the Financial services, Insurance and Healthcare/Pharmaceutical industries.
“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 and 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,” he said.
“HCL is one of India’s leading IT companies and a significant player the global industry. This announcement that they are creating 220 graduate IT jobs here is extremely welcome, and I am determined to build tirelessly on this to ensure that similar announcements can be made in the months and years ahead,” he added.