Systems integrator CSC is looking for 100 technical architects after winning contracts worth £2bn to provide systems to the NHS in east and north-east England.
CSC plans to recruit a further 100 staff over the next year to work on its two NHS IT contracts, which are part of the National Programme for IT (NPfIT), and to fill gaps on other projects that will be created as staff are moved on to the NHS work.
IT managers and directors at big technology users would make good candidates for the new roles if they have gained experience of implementing different technologies, said CSC's recruitment consultancy ReThink Recruitment.
CSC is looking for technical architects with experience of Wintel systems, Unix and another technology. It also wants people who have worked on projects worth £750,000 or more.
Candidates at some of its competitors may be insufficiently experienced because they have only worked with a single technology, said ReThink.
CSC won the North East and East of England NPfIT contracts from Accenture in September. While Accenture has transferred some people, CSC still needs to hire large numbers of skilled employees.
ReThink Recruitment's founder director Andy Lord, who is recruiting for CSC, said, "Quite a lot of people have implemented complex strategies in their own organisations. Often they do not realise that what they have done as an IT manager or director has equipped them to be a technical architect.
"They need to understand what is compatible with what and why they need to identify the best return on investment for an organisation and the business case for an investment."