Scottish Borders’ £92million digital services contract set to create 200 new jobs

200 new jobs will be created in the Borders as part of a £92million Digital Services contract awarded by Scottish Borders Council (SBC) to the global IT and business process services provider, CGI.

The 13-year contract will provide the Council with state-of-the-art technology to deliver excellent customer services and streamlined systems, and is the most significant inward investment proposal ever for the region, with the potential to inject over £100 million into the borders economy.

 Included within the deal, CGI are set to establish a Scottish ICT Delivery Centre of Excellence within the Scottish Borders to support its growing client base. As a result of this, the Council’s 49 existing ICT staff will remain working in the borders, and new employment opportunities for local young people will be offered through Modern Apprenticeships.

CGI will also unbundle six telephone exchanges in the Borders which will provide new high-speed broadband initiatives for schools, businesses and the local community. This additional benefit supports the Council’s commitment to improving digital connectivity across the area for schools, households and businesses.

Council Leader David Parker said: “This is a landmark deal for the Scottish Borders as we join forces with one of the leading IT companies in the world to offer a once in a generation transformational opportunity for the region.

“For CGI to choose the Scottish Borders to base their second UK Service Centre is a genuinely exciting opportunity. Not only does it mean our existing ICT staff will remain in the Borders, but it will also bring a wide range of benefits and opportunities. “We have always maintained our ambition for a growing and prosperous economy here in the Borders, especially on the back of the Borders Railway opening and I am confident this contract is just the start.

“We believe that the Borders Railway, combined with the community benefit proposals from CGI, will all contribute towards making the Scottish Borders a desirable 21st century business location.”

Tim Gregory, UK President of CGI said: “We are delighted to partner with Scottish Borders Council to enable simpler and more accessible digital services for citizens.

“As part of our commitment to delivering on our plans we will be creating an ICT delivery centre of excellence in the region which will mean up to 200 new, high-value jobs for the area including digital, cyber security and Modern Apprentice roles. CGI is committed to working with a diverse range of partners to help bring flexible, cost-effective digital solutions to local and central government across the UK.”

These are truly exiting times for the borders region, and with the Borders Railway being operational we’re delighted to be a part of it!