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Parity builds German presence

Capitalising on continued IT growth in Germany, Parity's European recruitment division, Parity EuroSoft, has moved its headquarters to larger premises in Frankfurt, and has opened a new office in Hamburg, taking to six the number of branches it has in that country.

The agency, which has other offices across Europe, attributes this expansion to a "growing demand" for its training and recruitment services in Germany, and believes the new offices will "further build" Parity's presence on the Continent.

In a further effort to meet the "increasing needs" of its clients - this time those who have IT requirements within the Transaction Processing Facility (TPF) sector, Parity EuroSoft has also formed a dedicated 'TPF business unit'.

TPF, a specialised operating system developed by IBM to handle high volume transaction-based applications, is used mainly by large organisations in the airline, banking, credit card and hotel industries. Because of the expanding nature of businesses in these areas, Parity says demand for IT personnel with the skills to program within TPF software is high.

"With only 9,000 appropriately qualified consultants (permanent and contract) worldwide, TPF skills are much sought after and it is very much a niche market," explains Dave Hayton, business manager of the unit. "Parity has therefore decided to expand its presence in TPF because of the growing needs of our customers in is field."

According to Hayton, TPF skills have evolved from being predominantly IBM mainframe based with IBM assembler, to more C and C++ programming languages. He says the agency's dedicated unit has already recruited TPF contractors from South America, South East Asia, India, Australia, the UK and Europe for its clients, and will continue to use "Parity's global reach" to meet the needs of the European market.

The agency's sister company, Parity TelTech, is already handling TPF recruitment in the United States.


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This was first published in February 2001

 

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