Business confidence sends services companies on hiring blitz

Logica, UXC, Fujitsu, Capgemini and CSC have revealed intentions to increase headcount

Australia's IT services market is on the rebound with some of Australia’s top IT service providers signalling their intentions to significantly increase local headcount.

Logica, UXC, Fujitsu, Capgemini and CSC have all told Computerworld that positions are up for grabs.

This year Fujitsu has employed SAP and project management specialists, business analysts, database engineers and business managers. It has around 100 positions currently up for grabs, including SAP specialists, business analysts, senior project managers and server virtualisation managers.

CEO Rod Vawdrey said the company is in good shape after sealing significant deals earlier this year. He said the acquisition of Kaz Group and the systems integration deal with Qantas have put the company in a strong position in the market place.

“We’ve been a net positive employer which is satisfying in difficult economic times,” Vawdrey said. “The climate this year is much more reasonable than it was 12 to 18 months ago and the reality of the GFC is that now people see the value of longevity in employment.”

CSC has recruited over 300 people this year.

While the global financial crisis kept the recruitment numbers low, HR director Barbara Price predicted the number will increase next year, as confidence returns to the market.

“At the moment CSC is recruiting roles in the ACT and Western Australia,” Price said. “In particular, we are seeking architects, business analysts, hands on technical roles and client facing roles like service managers and account relationship managers.”

The boost in confidence can be attributed to a strong recovery in the Australian economy, said CEO of IT recruiting firm Peoplebank Peter Acheson.

“As a result, major corporations are now back in the market looking for IT people,” Acheson said.

Capgemini Australia is aiming to double its domestic workforce within 24 months. CEO Paul Thorley, said it was already picking up 20 staff per month to add to its existing 750.

Hugh Bickerstaff, managing director of business solutions for Logica, said the company has grown its workforce from 750 to 800 staff and are further expanding its operations.

A UXC spokesperson confirmed it is currently hiring in CRM, project management and sales, but did not reveal how many positions.

The news comes despite the latest Olivier Job Index reportwhich stated only a slight rise in IT job ads, up 0.8 per cent.

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