Data 3 hiring spree in the wake of Commander job cuts

Recruits 45 new staff

Local ICT solutions company, Data 3 Limited, has expanded its operations by opening new offices in Adelaide and Perth.

To support the expansion, the company's managing director, John Grant, has been on a hiring spree recently recruiting an additional 45 staff.

Grant described the expansion as 'timely' pointing out that Data 3 was able to undertake recruitment in the wake of Commander Communications' decision to axe 600 jobs in January, 2008.

Staff numbers at Commander dropped from 2000 to 1400 with the company coughing up $17 million in redundancies which will save $65 million in reduced annual costs.

Grant said the goal was to strengthen the business outside of Queensland.

"We recruited around 45 professionals to take our team to over 400," he said.

"In a market where great people make the difference, the opportunity presented by Commander's decision was too attractive to let pass and we have been able to recruit over 40 additional quality people across the country into management, sales and key technical roles.

"They also have had long term relationships with substantial customer organisations and we have an opportunity to accelerate market coverage and increase market share, an appropriate strategy should the market tighten."

Data 3 has appointed licensing specialists and infrastructure experts across the country and Grant said the new offices will broaden the base for continued organic growth.

In 2006/07 the company reported revenues of $285 million.

A spate of IT job cuts and shake-ups have swept the industry this year with Yahoo eliminating up to 1000 jobs in light of tight industry competition and IBM cutting the base pay-rate of 7600 technical support staff.

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