Indian outsourcer Tata Consultancy Services says it will hire an extra 13,500 employees during the current financial year.
The new recruits will come on top of the 46,000 Tata currently employs. Last year the company hired 10,000 more staff.
Most of the new staff will be taken directly from Indian colleges, although around 2,000 are expected to come from Europe and the
Tata rivals such as Infosys and Wipro have also seen their headcounts rapidly rise as a result of a booming offshore outsourcing market, as western companies seek to cut their staff operating costs.
The headcount at Wipro, for instance, has risen from 8,000 to around 42,000 in five years.