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Professional services firm KPMG is to create 350 tech-focused jobs as it expands its digital technology practice over the next year.
The new jobs come as KPMG invests in a new innovation hub in Dublin's IFSC called Platform X.
KPMG said the new jobs will be a mix of graduates of STEM disciplines and experienced professionals, with the new jobs reflecting accelerated client demand for expertise in the digital technology space.
It said its investment in Platform X aims to support businesses dealing with new and emerging threats driven by advancements in digital adoption after the Covid-19 pandemic.
Platform X connects Dublin to 32 KPMG innovation hubs in key tech cities around the world to enable global collaboration and reduce the need for travel.
KPMG said the new facility reflects the changing demands of clients and employees as post pandemic work patterns emerge based on technology, flexibility, and collaboration.
The new innovation hub was launched today by Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and KPMG Managing Partner Seamus Hand.
"The launch of this high-tech facility and the technology focused new jobs it will support is a vote of confidence in Ireland as a leader in global, technology led collaboration, and I welcome the investment and the high quality employment it will create," the Minister said.
Platform X features a 100-seat auditorium, five collaboration suites, multiple team break-out options and traditional meeting rooms with a "technology difference".
It also has an Innovation Lab that combines the latest in advanced electronic workspace technology with the latest visualisation and collaboration tools.
KPMG's Managing Partner Seamus Hand said Platform X leverages the latest collaboration and communications technology to support new levels of innovation, engagement and the latest emerging ways of working.
"Many of the challenges we're helping our clients overcome are complex and benefit from a multidisciplinary approach – and Platform X really does support that approach to problem solving," Mr Hand said.
Despite recent KPMG CEO research reaffirming that the office is here to stay as the focal point of most organisations, Seamus Hand added that the reality is a lot more nuanced.
"Flexible and remote working and tech led collaboration deepens the talent pool, so that's a good thing. We also know that people are social and like to see each other and often collaborate better in person – Platform X delivers this flexibility for our clients and for our people," he added.
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