A NEWCASTLE-based management consultancy is aiming to create 100 jobs this year and another 100 next year with the launch of a new research and development centre.
Blackswan, which already has more than 300 staff and consultants working in more than 30 countries, said the jobs would be with its new iCubed subsidiary.
The company is currently deciding where to base the posts. It will only say that the jobs, which will mainly be in the fields of innovation and internet protocol (IP) capability, are likely to be in the UK or Ireland.
Although Blackswan’s UK headquarters is in Grey Street in the city centre, it also has bases in London and Ireland, and the vast majority of the company’s business is conducted outside of the North East.
Blackswan chief executive Maurice Duffy said: “Blackswan has established a reputation for excellence in business and government transformation and our decision to invest in new premises and to create new jobs, highlights our client support and our commitment to addressing their business challenges.”
The company already works with governments worldwide and private sector clients including mining and minerals giant Rio Tinto and pharmaceutical company GlaxosmithKline.