IT recruitment agency Computer People has opened an office in Cape Town, South Africa in an effort to tackle skills shortages in the country, and expand its operations further.
According to the agency, the South African IT industry is rated amongst the most innovative in the world and is supported by large international blue chip organisations, many of which have operations housed there.
However, an outflow of skilled professionals from the country has resulted in a 'brain drain', particularly in the IT sector, and it is this issue that Computer People hopes to address.
Initially, the agency's Cape Town branch will focus on sourcing ITers with Java, SAP and Oracle skills for the e-commerce, telecoms and call centre industries. It has already agreed to supply contract and permanent staff to companies including IBM, Compaq, SAP and Oracle.
Managing director Peter Searle says the company is determined to apply its experience to the challenges facing the South African IT market, and adds that the move has been designed to extend the agency's influence beyond the UK and continental Europe, across which Computer People already has 34 offices. "We have initiated a number of considerable changes within the company over the last six months to strengthen the Computer People brand and support our expansion," comments Searle. "The launch of our South African operation is the first step in developing the company's brand and promoting our expertise outside Europe."