Accenture Building, City View Plaza, San Jose, USA. Image: Michael Gray, Flickr.
The Accenture Building, City View Plaza, San Jose, USA. Photo: Michael Gray/Flickr

If you want a job in blockchain you should apparently start your search with Accenture.

According to Forbes, in English-speaking countries Accenture had 537 blockchain job openings in 2017 while IBM had 237, crypto-currency consultant ConsenSys had 157 and Deloitte and SAP had about 100 a piece.

Considering the spate of recent blockchain announcements from Accenture, this news should come as no real surprise.

This week Accenture announced the successful completion of a transportation supply-chain trial involving brewing conglomerate AB InBev, shipping company APL, logistics provider Kuehne + Nagel and an unnamed European customs organization.

The blockchain-based system, that Accenture claims will “reduce the requirement for data entry by up to 80 percent” while also reducing the need for cargo checks and the risk of customs penalties, could save the shipping industry “hundred of millions” a year.

Accenture has also just rolled out another blockchain-related transportation project, this time with logistics giant DHL, that will track the intercontinental movement of pharmaceuticals.

The global management consultant was also a founding member of the public-private ID2020 blockchain partnership that is working on a range of global identity-verification issues, that includes a project trying to help the one billion people in this world who don’t have any form of ID.

And while Accenture’s involvement with blockchain has not always been without controversy, like its patent applications in 2016 and 2017, there is no doubt that Accenture is a leading “early adopter”, especially in the world of finance.

Its recently published report, “Banking on Blockchain”, – that claims that Accenture blockchain systems can save 30% on inter-bank transaction costs – will only cement this leading position.

Time to dust off that CV.