French IT consulting and services specialist Capgemini plans to recruit 500 more staff for its new office in Bangalore by April.
The Bangalore office which was formally opened on Wednesday (20 October), will initially concentrate on applications management.
The company already has 100 workers in place, said Capgemini. "We expect to ramp that up to 600 by the end of the fiscal year," it said. The company's fiscal year ends in April.
Capgemini's Indian subsidiary, based in Mumbai, has grown from around 300 staff in early 2003 to around 2,000 today, and serves over 100 customers around the world, the company said. Worldwide, Capgemini employs around 55,000.
The group sees India as central to its offshore outsourcing operations, due to the presence of skilled English-speaking software engineers there, it said.
Compared to others in the Indian market, though, Capgemini is still a relatively small player. Wipro, in Bangalore, employs around 24,000 in its IT services division, where it has added around 3,300 staff over the last year, Wipro said.
Peter Sayer writes for IDG News Service