There are ‘huge opportunities for local talent’ in Letterkenny as IT services giant TCS expands its Donegal base.
Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is set to hire up to 170 new staff in Donegal as it seeks to create a strategic hub to deliver digital transformation, IT and business services to clients in Ireland and beyond.
It comes after the company opened a new digital innovation lab at its Letterkenny base, where architects and solution designers will work closely with clients. The company’s future investment plans in Donegal include building a cloud experience hub and a cybersecurity threat management center to extend customer cyber resilience.
Andrea McBride, head of the TCS Global Delivery Center in Letterkenny, told SiliconRepublic.com that the company “creates high-value employment opportunities in a variety of roles and disciplines, including cybersecurity, services cloud, project management, data analysis, customer service. and computer helpdesk”.
She added that TCS is “proactively hiring more people” to join its team and has “an ongoing recruitment process in place, from graduates to senior hires.”
TCS is part of the large multinational Tata group, based in India. The IT services giant currently employs around 1,400 people in Ireland in a range of highly skilled technology-related roles.
The company has expanded its presence in Letterkenny following its acquisition of Donegal-based Pramerica Systems in 2020.
In the past year alone, TCS has promoted over 100 people in Letterkenny, recruited nearly 200 new hires and appointed over 100 permanent contractors.
“Much has been accomplished post-acquisition as the company continues to invest, embrace and implement a major organizational transformation program, while simultaneously helping our people adapt to our new work environment and our new culture, and in some cases, new roles and responsibilities,” said McBride.
Since the acquisition, TCS has continued to invest in equipping its employees with the latest skills and in developing its Donegal base from which it serves over 25 global and local clients.
Earlier this month, the company hub was visited by Tánaiste and Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar, TD, as well as government and IDA officials.
Varadkar praised TCS, calling it one of the biggest employers in the North West and adding that it had “made a phenomenal contribution to Donegal”.
Earlier this year, TCS partnered with Atlantic Technological University to host a hacking challenge event for students. This partnership has resulted in up to 20 graduates joining the TCS cybersecurity recruitment screening process, with the first 10 expected to start working in June.
TCS has also forged key academic relationships and partnerships with 13 third-level institutions and schools across Ireland. These collaborations have enabled the company to design courses and pathways that “can then provide a great platform for young people to enter the TCS workforce to build their careers in one fastest growing IT companies,” McBride said.
She added that there are “huge opportunities for local talent” in Letterkenny.
“Ireland has also proven to be a very attractive place to recruit internationally. At TCS we currently have over 40 nationalities represented in our workforce in Ireland. With our operations in Donegal, we can truly say you can have a global career and life in the North West of Ireland.
Deepak Chaudhari, Country Manager for TCS Ireland, described the Donegal hub as a “great touchpoint” for Irish businesses to engage with TCS on their growth and transformation journeys.
“Our highly talented team at the Letterkenny hub have integrated seamlessly into our global delivery network, winning assignments from clients around the world in multiple industry segments and driving our business expansion,” he said. added.
In an interview with SiliconRepublic.com last year, Chaudhari said Ireland was a “great place to do business” because of its “awesome ecosystem” of local businesses, global companies, universities, innovation partnerships, government support and skilled talent.
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