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22/03/07

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The Irish operation’s performance and superior quality of service, the availability of suitable people to work in Wexford and the country’s pro-business attitude and business incentives make Ireland an ideal location for this new investment.

Sandra Lawrence, General Manager, Equifax UK

22/03/2007

Equifax
Minister Martin announces major expansion for Equifax in Wexford

Wexford operation to add 180 new permanent positions
Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Micheál Martin TD today (Thursday 22nd March 2007) announced that Equifax Inc., a global information solutions company and the largest credit reporting company in the US, is to expand its Irish operation in Wexford – Equifax Commercial Services Ltd. – at

Whitemill Industrial Estate, with the support of IDA Ireland.
The expansion will result in a range of new functions being added at the Wexford operation and Wexford’s designation as the primary support centre for a number of the company’s European services. Equifax collects and manages credit, financial, demographic and marketing information and processes the data and markets it to individual consumers and business customers.

Currently the Wexford operation employs 95 permanent people, and 45 on temporary contract, in high quality activities. Under the expansion 180 new permanent high quality positions will be added over the next five years. The company has indicated that the people on temporary contract will have the opportunity to fill 45 of these new positions. As 65 percent of the existing staff has third level qualifications Equifax is seeking to maintain this ratio with the new recruitment. To cater for the expansion the company is also to relocate to new premises on the IDA Business & Technology Park at Drinagh, Wexford, by the fourth quarter of this year.

Minister Martin, welcoming the investment, said “This is excellent news for the Equifax Wexford operation as it further consolidates the company’s presence in the town, underpins the existing jobs and significantly increases total employment. The expansion, being part of Equifax’s strategy for international growth, makes Wexford a further integrated and critical part of the Group’s future well-being. I congratulate the Wexford staff and management for the great success of the operation, a factor which played a large part in the winning of this investment. Other influencing factors were Equifax’s positive experiences of an Irish regional location, such as a strong supply of high quality graduates and skilled people, a wide choice of property solutions supported by an international standard infrastructure and an excellent quality of life for all.”

Sandra Lawrence, General Manager UK, said: “With 80 percent of our business currently being generated in the US, we are placing a heavy focus on expanding our international presence. This investment in the Wexford operation is a vital element in that strategy. The Irish operation’s performance and superior quality of service, the availability of suitable people to work in Wexford and the country’s pro-business attitude and business incentives make Ireland an ideal location for this new investment and the consolidation there of several activities in support of our European operation.”
Equifax’s existing Wexford operation was established in 1994. It provides customer support, data-recording services and data analysis for a sister company in the UK which is responsible for the Group’s European business.

About Equifax (www.equifax.com)
Equifax is a global leader in information technology that enables and secures global commerce with consumers and businesses. The company is one of the largest sources of consumer and commercial data. Utilising its databases, advanced analytics and proprietary enabling technology, Equifax provide real-time answers for our customers. This innovative ability to transform information into intelligence is valued by customers across a wide range of industries and markets. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., Equifax employs approximately 4,900 people in 14 countries throughout North America, Latin America and Europe. Equifax was founded 108 years ago, and today is a member of Standard & Poor's (S&P) 500® Index, and its common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol EFX.

For further information please contact:
IDA Ireland - Ruth Croke, Press & PR Manager. Tel: 087 4195051
Equifax – Wendy Harrison or Claire Foster, HSL, +44 20 8977 9132

Equifax is a global leader in information technology that enables and secures global commerce with consumers and businesses. The company is one of the largest sources of consumer and commercial data. Utilising its databases, advanced analytics and proprietary enabling technology, Equifax provide real-time answers for our customers. This innovative ability to transform information into intelligence is valued by customers across a wide range of industries and markets. Headquartered in Atlanta Georgia, U.S., Equifax employs approximately 4,900 people in 14 countries throughout North America, Latin America and Europe. Equifax was founded 108 years ago, and today is a member of Standard & Poor's (S&P) 500® Index, and its common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol EFX.

For further information please contact:
IDA Ireland - Ruth Croke, Press & PR Manager. Tel: 087 4195051
Equifax – Wendy Harrison or Claire Foster, HSL, +44 20 8977 9132

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