Michael Staines
Michael Staines

11.51 16 Apr 2021


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Deloitte Ireland is to create 300 jobs after succeeding in growing its business through the coronavirus pandemic.

The jobs, announced this morning, will be created across the business but are largely in consulting.

The financial services company already employs 3,000 people in Ireland.

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On Breakfast Business this morning, the company’s CEO Harry Goddard said businesses have been looking to re-invent themselves over the past 12 months.

“As the pandemic has unfolded, what we are seeing is we have had significant demand for our services for those organisations who have found the pandemic incredibly challenging to their business – and there are many,” he said.

“But also, businesses who see the opportunity through the pandemic to move to those digital platforms have also sought our services and both sides of that coin have grown our businesses overall.”

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He said the company expects to see that demand “sustaining and growing” over the coming years.

He said technologies like artificial intelligence will have a big impact on the future of the business; however, at least in the medium term the need for people to guide that expansion is only growing.

“Over the last number of years, we have been investing ourselves significantly in technology and we have seen technologies like cognitive and artificial intelligence becoming much more significant,” he said.

“Certainly, there was a nervousness that they could become the future advisory services but what we are seeing, in practical terms, is that it is really about the combination of both.

“You need the people and the individuals who actually, in the first instance, can build the relationships with client organisations and can help understand and get insights into the sorts of issues that they are trying to resolve so that they can then deploy the technology appropriately.

“So, it is the combination really is what makes the difference.”

Deloitte said 100 of the new jobs are being recruited for immediately, with the remainder coming on board over the next year.

The company is today announcing a new four-year deal with Team Ireland that will see it supporting Irish Olympians through this year’s games in Tokyo and the 2024 winter Games in Paris.

The partnership also covers the Summer and Winter European Youth Olympic Festival, and European Games.

Details of the new jobs are available here.


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