A new delivery center in Charlotte, North Carolina will see Capgemini employ more than 500 workers in the region by 2014. The 550 new Capgemini consultants, slated to earn an average of $62,400 per year, will work for the company's financial services unit—appropriate considering Charlotte's reputation as one of the country's premier financial hubs. Jobs in the financial services unit will still reflect Capgemini's primary focus: technology consulting. Positions will be "largely technology-focused," reports the Charlotte Observer, noting that "application development and computer science-related roles" will represent the majority of openings.
The state of North Carolina had to work hard to land the delivery center, which resulted in "the largest local jobs announcement since March." Capgemini will receive up to $4 million—almost exactly the cost of the firm's investment in the city—in incentives if it fulfills its promise to hire at least 500 Charlotte residents in the next three years. The matching investment was worth it to put people back to work, said Governor Bev Perdue amidst a celebratory mood at the capital. "Things are getting better and brighter for Charlotte, and we're feeling it here today," she said. "All those folks out there looking for work have a new place to call."
Roy Stansbury, Capgemini's financial services managing director, called the expansion effort a "major milestone in efforts to expand our presence in the U.S." The French consultancy of over 100,000 employees has made a visible push in the American market recently, as evidenced by their recent "People Matter. Results Count" marketing campaign in the country.
For more information:
Press Release: Capgemini to Open Financial Services Delivery Center in Charlotte, N.C.
ABC News: Tech Consultancy Capgemini to Add 550 NC Jobs
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