IT firm creates 150 jobs in Leeds city centre

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A global IT firm is creating 150 jobs in Leeds, it was confirmed yesterday.

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FDM Group, which is one of the UK’s largest listed IT services providers, has moved its Northern centre from Manchester to Leeds.

The company, which is headquartered in London, and has offices in New York, Toronto, Frankfurt, Zurich, Luxembourg, Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai, provides training to graduates and ex-Forces personnel. It helps them to become professional IT and business consultants.

Globally, the company has more than 2,000 employees, and this year it will be recruiting 1,000 new employees across the group. Some of these additional jobs will be create d in Leeds, the company said.

A spokesman said; “The company already has a strong client base in West Yorkshire supplying consultants to BSkyB, Sky Sports, HSBC, Yorkshire Building Society and Asda amongst others.”

The Northern centre will be launched at FDM’s new offices at No1 Whitehall Riverside on September 3, where the guest speakers will include the former chairman of IBM EMEA, Larry Hirst CBE and the Leader of Leeds City Council, Coun Judith Blake.

FDM Group CEO Rod Flavell said: “We are delighted to be officially launching our new Northern centre in Leeds.

“The Leeds city region is a vibrant centre of graduate talent with a host of world class institutions as well as a fast growing hub for digital industries.

“In the months ahead, I look forward to working with employers and business leaders so that we can recruit the brightest and best STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) and business graduate talent and provide the region with the IT skills that local companies need”.

Last month, it was revealed that entertainment company Sky had chosen Leeds as the location for a technology facility that will employ up to 400 people.

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