ICL today announced a £100 million plan to expand its ebusiness activities, including the creation of 4400 new jobs.
The IT services company said the new vacancies will include 1000 jobs in the UK, 2700 in continental Europe and 700 in the USA.
The UK jobs will be created at the company's sites in Thames Valley, Kidsgrove and Staffordshire over the next three years.
About half the new vacancies will be for ebusiness systems engineers. Creative new media designers, project managers, consultants and systems integrators will make up the balance, the company said.
At a press conference in London this morning ICL chief executive Keith Todd said: "The Internet revolution is all about banking, shopping and doing business how and when people want it - whether by PC, mobile phone, TV, household appliance, in-car system or games console."
He added: "Too few organisations have woken up to the opportunities afforded by these new channels and the power of this anytime, anyplace, anywhere service model for transforming their relationships with their customers. Fewer still have risen to the challenge of integrating all their business processes around the Internet," he said.
Todd said the Internet represents a multimillion-pound business for ICL over the next three years, adding: "We are expanding aggressively to capitalise on our leadership position."
In addition to the new jobs, ICL said it will re-skill and re-deploy an additional 4000 staff from across the group to focus solely on ebusiness solutions. It will also develop seven centres of excellence specialising on the deployment of these types of solutions.
These will be located in Denmark, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Dublin, Bracknell, Kidsgrove and Dallas.
Also today, ICL announced an agreement with Nokia to develop WAP applications using Nokia's tools and WAP servers, and a contract to design, build and operate an Intranet in Europe for Kingfisher, the retail giant. The company said the Intranet would be one of the largest in Europe, connecting 51,000 staff.
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