Welsh Government to aid job creation and project development in the South Wales region

London, 20 October 2014

CGI (TSX: GIB.A) (NYSE: GIB) has today announced it will receive £3.2million in funding from the Welsh Government to help support the creation of 620 new jobs over the next five years. The new roles will be based in the local authority area of Bridgend County Borough, South Wales where CGI currently employs around 900 people and is the largest IT employer in South Wales.

CGI delivers a range of outsourcing, application services and infrastructure services to clients across the UK from South Wales. The funding will aid with CGI’s growth plans in developing new solutions based on Secure Government and Commercial Cloud technology, development of its new Security Operations Centre and expanding its current service desk and support teams. CGI will also be introducing a new testing service for delivery of products and services, as well as continuing its work to develop mobility solutions, healthcare and smart metering technology.

The 620 jobs created by the funding will include a variety of entry-level and skilled roles including:

  • Service desk analysts
  • Technical design architects
  • Project management
  • Security specialists
  • Network engineers

Edwina Hart, Minister for Economy, Science and Transport added: “CGI is an important employer in South Wales and is committed to continuing to develop its workforce in the region. Today’s announcement is excellent news for the community with 620 new highly skilled jobs that will yield knock-on benefits for local businesses and the wider community. I look forward to continuing to work closely with CGI to support its contribution to the Welsh economy.”

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 is recognised by the Welsh Government as an important contributor to the continued economic development of Wales. In July, CGI was awarded Anchor Company status and 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.

CGI’s Waterton based Service Desk is recognised for its extremely high levels of client service. It has received 5 star accreditation from the Service Desk Institute, the first 5 star to be awarded in the world. The Waterton Service Desk was also named Best Outsourced Contact Centre at the Welsh Contact Centre Forum Awards in February 2014.

About CGI

Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is the fifth largest independent information technology and business process services firm in the world. Approximately 68,000 professionals serve thousands of global clients from offices and delivery centers across the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific, leveraging a comprehensive portfolio of services including high-end business and IT consulting, systems integration, application development and maintenance, infrastructure management as well as a wide range of proprietary solutions. With annualized revenue in excess of C$10 billion and an order backlog of approximately C$19 billion, CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB). Website: www.cgi.com.

For more information

Jenny Thorpe
UK External Communications
Jenny.thorpe@cgi.com
+44 (0)7771 815428