US firm Ceridian to create 130 new jobs

First Minister announces company plans for expansion during Scotland Week.

Over 100 new Scottish jobs have been announced today (Friday 4, April 2014) by First Minister Alex Salmond, as part of expansion plans by US company Ceridian.

Ceridian, a financial services company, will create a new Technology Centre of Excellence, which will host a R&D Technology and IT Support Centre, at their base in Renfrew. The company, which currently started out with 70 employees in Scotland, has experienced sharp growth and currently employs 300 from its Glasgow operation.

The project is supported by a RSA grant of £1.1million from Scottish Development International (SDI).

The First Minister met representatives from Ceridian in New York as part of his Scotland Week programme of business and trade meetings designed to boost investment and employment in Scotland.

Welcoming the announcement, Mr Salmond said:

“Ceridian is a world-renowned financial services company that plays a key role in the Scottish financial services sector.

“Ceridian already employ hundreds of people in Scotland and this project will now bring the total company headcount to 400. They are one of the 580 US owned companies in Scotland employing over 100,000 around the world.

“The 2013 Ernst & Young Attractiveness Survey described Scotland’s performance in attracting inward investment as ‘sparkling’ and Ceridian’s announcement is further evidence of this success.”

Ceridian’s growth is fuelled by a fully integrated HR solution and its reputation for high-quality services in HR and managed payroll to UK corporate. This latest investment will support future growth by enabling the company to increase its technology development skills from the Scottish base

Doug Sawers, Managing Director, Ceridian UK and Ireland “Our association with Scotland has been a long and successful one. We are looking forward to deepening further our technology capability in the UK, and to support our customers with further technology enhancements that will come from this”

Chief Executive Officer of Scottish Enterprise, Lena Wilson, said:

“Ceridian’s decision to invest in its Renfrew facility and expand its capabilities further is a strong demonstration of the confidence that the management team has in its Scottish operations.

“The company’s investment in an R&D Technology Centre makes it exactly the kind of company we need to see more of in Scotland. Supporting innovative companies, whether they’re home-grown or global, is vital to the future of Scotland’s economy.

“This is a fantastic jobs boost to Renfrewshire and we look forward to continuing our work with Ceridian to help further realise its ambitious growth plans in Scotland."

Notes to editors

Ceridian is one of Scotland’s key financial services investors and currently employs 270 people in Scotland. Ceridian’s Renfrew facility is the company’s largest operational centre in the UK. The centre includes IT development, technical support and a multilingual centre that has a 15 language capability.

The 2013 Ernst & Young Attractiveness Survey on foreign direct investment (FDI):

The Scotland’s ability to promote prosperity and jobs depends on the performance of businesses - both large and small. This is why the Scottish Government is committed to maintaining and further investing in a Supportive Business Environment. Our approach will focus our efforts on growth companies, growth sectors and growth markets.

Scottish Government’s key actions in this area include:

  • Establishing four Enterprise Areas in Scotland - including sites with a particular focus on low carbon manufacturing opportunities
  • Providing advice and support to help SMEs grow, to hire staff and take on apprentices
  • Promoting Scottish exports to capitalise on the significant opportunities in growth markets; with an ambitious target to deliver a 50% increase in exports by 2017
  • Continuing to deliver the Small Business Bonus Scheme
  • Strengthening levels of innovation and commercialisation, including improving the links between our universities and private sector companies
  • Using the Scottish Investment Bank to support early stage innovative technology based businesses, and growth and exporting companies

As part of his Scotland Week programme, the First Minister yesterday (April 3) announced a trade mission to New York:

As well as a programme of trade meetings to further the successful engagement with North America’s business community, the First Minister will:

  • Attend Edinburgh Napier University’s 50th Anniversary event (Friday)
  • Fire the starting gun at the 11th annual Scotland Run that sees around 9,500 runners take part in this New York Marathon qualifier (Saturday)
  • Deliver the inaugural Caledonian Lecture at Glasgow Caledonian University’s new New York City campus (Monday)
  • Participate in an audience interview and Q&A session with the Wall Street Journal
  • Deliver a keynote address at the annual Bloomberg Energy Investment Summit (Tuesday)

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Ceridian is one of the world’s leading HCM technology and service providers. In the UK, it works with over 5,000 businesses, large and small, delivering quality, accurate payroll and value-added HR services. Ceridian provides national and international payroll and HR transactional services including HR outsourcing, employee benefits, workforce management, expense management, absence management and employee assistance programmes. Innovative Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions are offered to all clients. These leading-edge SaaS solutions can be purchased as a complete totally-integrated package, or in scalable modules, designed to flex with organisational needs.

Through decades of global experience, people capability and first class delivery of world class HR transactional solutions, Ceridian increases quality, reduces risk, boosts revenue, lowers cost and frees time for its customers to focus on their priorities. From multi-nationals to small start-ups, Ceridian’s KnowHow enables their HR development journey.

Ceridian is winner of the Product of the Year in the 2014 Pay and Benefits Awards, It also won Payroll Provider Award in the 2013 Payroll World Awards. In the same awards in 2012, it also won the Payroll Provider Award plus the Payroll Software Product Award and the Technology Development Award.

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For further press information on Ceridian, contact either Chief Commercial Officer, Nick Laird on 0118 922 3606 or Jeremy Snook at JSPR on 01235 227572. Mobile: 07957 867139. E-mail:

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