Compaq grows in SA

Compaq has announced plans to significantly expand its South Australian operations, and create 235 extra jobs over the next 12 months.

In a deal which has won the approval and the funding of South Australia's State Government, Compaq plans to establish a customer service management centre, as well as expand its application development and integration centre.

Compaq state manager for South Australia and the Northern Territory David Kelly told ARN that the decision to expand company operations in Adelaide could be attributed to a number of factors.

"Compaq in SA has been performing very well, especially in the last quarter. Adelaide has the communication infrastructure to support the business, and some important cost incentives such as low rent and tax breaks," Kelly commented.

"South Australia also has a very well-educated population and a much lower rate of employee attrition."

Kelly explained that the expansion did not signify a change in focus for the PC vendor, but would enable a stronger emphasis on e-business applications and application development projects.