Accenture, a global consultancy firm, is set to cut hundreds of additional jobs from its Irish workforce, marking its second round of mass layoffs this year. In March, the company announced the cutting of 400 jobs, primarily due to layoffs at tech giant Meta, which has already cut around 900 Irish jobs since November 2020.
An Accenture spokesperson stated, “We continue to focus on ensuring we have the right talent to serve our clients and run our business today and tomorrow. In March, we initiated a series of actions to streamline our operations, including the departure of around 2.5% of our current global workforce.”
The company is now commencing a collective employee consultation for a proposed redundancy programme that is expected to affect approximately 890 people at Accenture in Ireland. While the consultation process is ongoing, Accenture has chosen not to comment further.
Despite the layoffs, Accenture’s business in Ireland continues to perform well, and the company remains committed to its long-term strategy of being at the forefront of its clients’ business and helping them achieve new levels of performance. Accenture is focused on ensuring it has the right talent to serve its clients, investing in its people, and recruiting in critical skills areas.
With a workforce of 6,500 people across Ireland, Accenture had previously announced plans last year to cut 19,000 jobs worldwide, which accounts for roughly 2.5% of its entire workforce. However, the impact on its Irish operations has been more significant, with nearly 20% of its workforce being cut across two rounds of layoffs.
The tech sector in Ireland has experienced a decline, resulting in over 3,000 job cuts in recent months. This trend highlights the challenges faced by the industry and the need for companies to adapt and adjust to the changing market conditions.
As the situation unfolds, more updates are expected to follow regarding the ongoing impact on Accenture’s workforce and the broader tech sector in Ireland.