Investment in digital transformation is powering an evolution in Irish business, says Rob McConnell, director with Expleo Group.

With the surge in remote work a particularly strong driver, the tech company has also unveiled plans to create 100 new jobs by 2023 in its Belfast office. This follows a 125% increase in Expleo’s Northern Ireland revenue since 2017, with staff rising from 70 to 100.

Expleo employs 15,000 in more than 25 countries, generating €1.1 billion in revenue in 2019. The global firm launched its Dublin office in 2019, announcing 120 jobs at the time. The new recruits will work within Expleo’s software delivery partnerships across both public and private sectors. The company is also recruiting for roles in AI, robotics, quality engineering, project management and business agility.

Rob McConnell, director, Expleo Group, said: “As the digital transformation agenda takes precedence at boardroom level, Expleo’s protracted phase of development in Northern Ireland looks set to accelerate. This period of growth has been powered by an energised, motivated and dedicated workforce.

“As a Great Place to Work, Expleo takes a holistic approach to managing employee engagement and wellbeing, leaving no stone unturned to uphold a culture of creativity and care. With a rich pool of talent to draw from in Northern Ireland, we look forward to scaling our team and broadening our services portfolio to accommodate the evolving needs of local and international clients.”

The period of revenue growth has been powered by an expansion in Expleo’s range of services, with tailored solutions delivering quality-driven innovation for public and private sector clients both local to and outside of Northern Ireland.

This year, Expleo has partnered with Air Ambulance Northern Ireland (AANI), which provides a year-round Helicopter Emergency Medical Service for the region, with an operational helicopter of carrying doctors and paramedics for twelve hours every day.

Last year, Expleo played a leading role in the rollout of the StopCovid NI contact tracing app, designed for interoperability with the Covid Tracker app deployed in the Republic of Ireland. Expleo carried out extensive quality testing on the app, the world’s first cross-border tracker device aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Expleo’s staff dedicated more than 1,000 hours to testing the app in Northern Ireland.

Expleo’s network of affiliate companies includes Aerotec, Athos Aéronautique, Double Consulting, Edison Technical Recruitment, Moorhouse Consulting, Silver Atena, Stirling Dynamics, Sud Aviation Services, Trissential and Vista Technologies.

  • Photo features: Expleo Group directors Rob McConnell and Scott Armstrong at Expleo’s NI Headquarters in the Titanic Quarter, Belfast.