Satyam to double headcount in ME

Indian IT services company Satyam is looking to double its number of staff in the Middle East over the next year, a senior executive told IT Weekly.

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By  Administrator Published  April 26, 2007

Indian IT services company Satyam is looking to double its number of staff in the Middle East over the next year, a senior executive told IT Weekly.

The company, which currently employs around 250 people in the region, is "definitely looking" at having 500 staff in place by the end of its next financial year in March 2008, Virender Aggarwal, Satyam vice president for MEA and South East Asia told IT Weekly in an exclusive interview.

Around 300 of the recruits will be based in Egypt at the company's global development centre, which is due to open in the next couple of months, Aggarwal said.

In addition to hiring staff, Satyam also plans to shift technical staff from Dubai to its other regional offices, Aggarwal said, without revealing any specific numbers.

The change is part of an ongoing strategy by the Indian company aimed at reinforcing its regional in-country operations. Satyam has already dispersed its sales team, previously concentrated in Dubai, across its six offices in the GCC.

Aggarwal said Satyam was particularly focused on Saudi Arabia, a traditional stronghold for Indian rival Wipro.

Aggarwal said the company was looking to grow its Saudi business at least three-fold in the next financial year.

Satyam is currently competing for a large government contract in Saudi Arabia, as well as for other contracts in Jordan, Oman and Kuwait worth a total value of US$150million, he said.

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