Information technology services and consulting firm says it will add 500 jobs across its operations in North Carolina and in Charlotte at a new service center by 2018.

North Carolina committed some $5 million in tax incentives if job commitments are met.

Cognizant (Nasdaq: CTSH) and N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory announced the news Wednesday.

The news is the third major jobs announcement in recent months for the IT sector, including more than 1,200 jobs from HCL in Cary and more than 600 by AvidXchange in Charlotte. Cisco announced some 500 new jobs in June. Drug companies Argos Therapeutics and Patheon also are adding jobs – more than 400 and 200 respectively.

The state awarded Cognizant a Job Development Investment Grant through which a percentage of employee tax withholding would be rebated to the company over 12 years if job goals are met. 

Cognizant already employs some 1,500 people across the state with operations in Raleigh, Greensboro, Wilson and Charlotte. 

“North Carolina and the Charlotte area are home to some of our largest current and prospective clients. This combined with the state’s strong educational institutions and technology base makes the Charlotte area an attractive location for our newest IT delivery and operations center,” said Gordon Coburn, Cognizant’s president, in the announcement.

“The new Charlotte delivery and operations center will focus on helping our clients in North Carolina and around the world transform into digital enterprises by utilizing innovative new technologies to interact with and provide services to their customers.”

Jobs will pay on average $79,559 in salaries. 

“As Cognizant expands, these new jobs will be added all across North Carolina,” said Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker. “The company already has employees in several North Carolina communities, so these new jobs will be significant for the entire state.”