DiData to boost headcount by adding 170 employees

DiData to boost headcount by adding 170 employees

Pre-planned staff expansion comes despite global takeover by Japanese firm NTT stating 'jobs will be safe'

IT services provider, Dimension Data, intends to hire 170 staff across its eastern states offices, despite NTT’s buyout.

According to a statement from DiData, the extra employees will be mostly placed in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne. The majority of jobs are technical roles. Administrative positions and project management roles will also be available.

DiData director of people and culture, Kellie Reeves, said the company had been contemplating the move for the past six months.

“A lot of our operations are run out of Melbourne and Sydney so we’re looking to augment existing teams there,” she said. “In the Canberra operations some of [the growth] has been driven by the clients based there and recent success…so it’s a slightly different case.”

When it comes to project management, Reeves said she was after staff with plenty of accreditation.

“We certainly prefer it if they have experience in the IT industry specifically,” she said. “We also look at the particular piece of work they’ve been engaged in.”

DiData’s local CEO, Steve Nola, said the hiring spree was all about organically growing the company. Newly appointed staff should not fear losing their jobs despite its acquisition by Japanese telco, NTT for $US3.2 billion. He assured the company will continue to operate as an independent business.

“No, no, they’re not getting fired if NTT takes over,” he said. “The employment is all for organic growth we’ve had in our business plan. It complements the growth we’ve already had this year.

“The temptation for a lot of companies is to diversify too much and our success has always been because we focus on scale and build customer relationships beyond the project.”

Nola said he did not expect finding staff would be difficult despite reports of a major skills shortage.

He said this was partly thanks to DiData’s work environment, which won the acclaim as Hewitt’s Best of the Best Employer in Australia and New Zealand 2009.

Nola said discussions by the major political parties around cutting immigration levels did not affect his company as most of its work force was sourced from Australia, rather than overseas.

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