Recruitment firm Elan Computing has opened two offices in continental Europe, in Zurich, Switzerland and Frankfurt, Germany.
In Germany the office will place contractors in the IT services market. Philip Sanner, manager at Elan's Frankfurt office said, "There is plenty of scope for new business in the financial, telecoms and insurance markets, many of which are centred around Frankfurt, Munich and Dusseldorf. With a strong economy, Germany also offers many opportunities in the manufacturing market."
The Swiss office, managed by Mike McGinty, has plans to develop on-line managed services. McGinty said, "The Swiss IT services market has amazing potential. A trend is emerging where more Swiss companies are focusing on their core competencies to augment their performance. In those areas where they do not have in-house expertise they are looking to outsource to specialist suppliers. Often this includes the IT services and recruitment function. In time we would hope to develop this potential in line with the on-site managed services that we have put together for several of our clients in the UK."
The consolidation of industries, and the increased number of mergers and acquisitions, all of which require a great deal of systems integration and support, has fuelled growth in the IT sector across Europe, according to Susan White, European sales director. She expects that the rise of application driven enterprises and e-commerce projects to lead to a skill shortage, which will have a knock-on effect in terms of opportunities and salaries for individuals with the appropriate skills.