It has been announced that French Company CapGemini are to create 500 jobs in the highlands following a £4.25 million funding grant by of regional selective assistance (RSA), Scottish Development International and a training grant of £1m from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).
The IT and outsource company, which provides service desk and help desk services, currently employs 500 staff in Inverness, will effectively double with 200 new full-time posts created by the end of this year and plans for 300 more over three years. The firm provides service desk and help desk type services.
Commenting on the announce First Minister Alex Salmond said “It is truly immense for Inverness. These are highly skilled, high-value jobs. Even in the increasingly vibrant city of Inverness, the economic impact of this employment boost cannot be over-estimated.”
Paul Soutter, chief executive officer of CapGemini Infrastructure Services UK, said the company was committed to creating “high quality” and “sustainable” jobs. “We have long found Scotland to be a purposeful, dynamic and productive environment for business, so that by significantly expanding our activities here, we are building upon a strong record of proven success.
Highland Council leader Drew Hendry said: “I welcome this announcement today and the major boost to the local economy which the new jobs at CapGemini will provide.
“The Highland Council places economic recovery as its number one priority and this is a further sign that Inverness and the Highlands can play a key role in attracting inward investment to Scotland.
“We look forward to working with CapGemini to assist their recruitment process and provide opportunities for our young people in particular.”