Workday to invest over £550m in the UK to offer locally-run solutions


Workday has announced plans to invest over £550m in its UK operations over the next three years to offer locally-run solutions with Amazon Web Services (AWS) UK Public Cloud partnership, growing the UK economy with workforce expansion, skills development programs and Workday venture funding.

Since opening its first London office in 2011, Workday has experienced growth in its UK operations and customer base and today’s announcement marks an increase of as much as 40 percent in investment compared to the past three years.

Today, the company supports over 35 percent of the FTSE100, including UK household names Centrica and Rolls Royce, and public sector organizations such as the Crown Commercial Service, Department for Education and The National Archives.

Key growth initiatives that the investment promises include the launch of Workday applications running locally on AWS London region for UK customers, the development of a new Customer Experience Centre and new facilities at Workday’s London headquarters. There is also an expansion of the Workday UK partner ecosystem, funding of UK digital skills programs, support for local technology SMEs through Workday Ventures funding and more.

Jeremy Hunt, UK chancellor of the exchequer, said: “I warmly welcome this major investment from Workday. It is another big boost for Britain’s trillion-dollar technology sector and shows our plan for the UK to become the world’s next Silicon Valley is working.”

Daniel Pell, VP and country manager of UKI at Workday, also commented on the announcement: “As a leading technology provider for private and public sector organizations in the UK, we are committed to empowering our employees and customers with the tools and innovative solutions needed to reach their highest potential.

“This level of investment not only supports the growth of our customers in the region but marks a key milestone in Workday’s efforts to drive the UK economy forward.”

Among other news, Workday has recently announced an expanded partnership with Saab, a Swedish defense and security company, to prioritize Saab’s employee experience and drive business success.