India-based Infosys, the multinational ICT company that provides business consulting and outsourcing services, is set to create 1,000 jobs across the UK by 2024. The company explained that the onset of the pandemic has intensified the need for digital skills and caused businesses to rapidly accelerate their digital transformation. The new roles will span various departments including cloud computing, data and analytics, artificial intelligence, open source technologies and enterprise services.

The new hires will be located at the company’s design studio in Shoreditch, its innovation centre in Canary Wharf and proximity centres in Nottingham as well as other client locations across the country. Infosys has announced that a large proportion of the new roles will go to recently graduated students from the UK’s leading colleges and universities. The company will also take on experienced technology and consulting professionals.

Chief executive officer Salil Parekh stated in a press release that: “Our commitment to the UK is to support both recovery and growth through digital acceleration, hiring new talent, and supporting the development and reskilling of existing talent to meet evolving economic demands. We continue to partner with universities across the UK to nurture the next generation of digital leaders and continually strive to close the skills gap, investing in a brighter future for everyone.”

The announcement was welcomed by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who said: “This investment from Infosys is a vote of confidence in the UK and its technology sector and will help that sector scale new heights – creating the jobs of the future. We need more firms like Infosys with a commitment to investing in people to help the UK build back better.”