20 October 2014 - CGI, the fifth largest independent information technology and business process services firm in the world, is creating 620 new jobs in Bridgend, Wales with £3.2m business finance from the Welsh Government. The expansion will bring the total employed by CGI in South Wales to 1,540 and ensures Bridgend, which employs around 25% of the firm’s UK based staff, will continue to be a strategically important part of the company’s growth plans. The announcement comes following a meeting between the First Minister, Carwyn Jones and Michael Roach, the President of the Canadian based company in Montreal in July.
Tim Gregory, President of CGI in the UK, said: “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. Our Bridgend based team will be at the forefront of delivering award winning services and solutions. 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 has three sites in Bridgend including a data centre on Waterton Cross Business Park, Bridgend Science Park and Waterton Industrial Estate. The firm has also received significant funding from the Welsh Government’s Skills Growth Wales programme, to assist in the continued development of CGI’s skilled workforce in Wales. The funding is being used to train new employees and up-skill current members.
Inward investment performance in Wales is at a record high. In 2013/14, 79 foreign direct inward investment projects were attracted, creating and safeguarding 10,805 jobs. The number of jobs recorded in Wales increased by 53% on the previous year bucking the trend for the rest of the UK, where total jobs numbers were down 35%.