IBM Announces Services Center in UK, Creating up to 300 New Tech Roles


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Leicester, UK - 30 Jan 2015: IBM (NYSE:IBM) today announced a new services center in the City of Leicester, UK that will create up to 300 new IT roles over the next three years for the next generation of workers, enabling IBM to extend its delivery of an industry leading range of technology services to UK based IBM clients.

The newly established IBM Services Center: Leicester, a wholly owned subsidiary of IBM, will provide UK based IBM clients with high value application development and maintenance, test and systems management services that address the increasing demand for flexible software capability. These services will help UK based businesses harness the benefits of Cloud, Big Data Analytics, Mobile, Social and Security technologies.

The IBM Services Center: Leicester will create new IT roles for graduates and experienced professionals who have technical backgrounds or who show an aptitude for IT, and want to build skills for the future. The center will also offer internships and apprenticeships to harness the best talent from across the local region.

The center will offer IBM's UK clients' locally-based skills and technical expertise to drive innovation and adoption of new technology, and provide geographic proximity while working in tandem with IBM's globally integrated capability network. Working closely with Leicester City Council and the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership it is anticipated that the center's development will help stimulate economic activity in the region.

Leicester’s City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby said: “This is excellent news and a significant achievement for the city council in terms of our economic regeneration of the city. We have worked very closely with IBM, and I am delighted that they have now chosen Leicester for their UK base. We welcome them to our city, along with the opportunities they bring for our graduates and young people to gain the vital technology skills that businesses need in today’s competitive market. This move reinforces that Leicester can not only meet the location needs of major businesses, but that it is also a great place to study and work, and to build an exciting future.”

The IBM Services Center: Leicester joins IBM’s globally integrated capability network which delivers deep technical and industry expertise to a wide range of public and private sector clients in Europe and around the world. It is the latest in a series of job-creating investments IBM has made in recent years in technology, science and innovation.

“This investment in job creation aims to inspire the next-generation workforce from local technical colleges and universities who will deliver the technology skills needed to drive business innovation in the UK," said David Stokes, Chief Executive, IBM UK and Ireland. “The new center will help to position Leicester as a hub for global businesses and reflects IBM's long-standing commitment to developing skills and providing high-value technology services to business across the UK."

In collaboration with regional universities and educational institutions the recruitment for the new positions will start immediately. Applications can be made directly to the recruitment team by sending your CV to recruitment-isc@uk.ibm.com.

The center will receive additional support from the Regional Growth Fund through the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership.

More details about the IBM Services Center: Leicester can be found at:

www.ibm.com/uk/leicesterexperience

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