Capgemini needs European IT staff for Latin American market

Capgemini is in the midst of an “ambitious recruitment plan” to plug the skills gap in the Latin American market with European IT professionals, CEO Walter Cappilati revealed in Sao Paulo yesterday.

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Capgemini is in the midst of an “ambitious recruitment plan” to plug the skills gap in the Latin American market with European IT professionals, CEO Walter Cappilati revealed in Sao Paulo yesterday.

Capgemini employs over 8,500 of its 10,000 Latin American workforce in Brazil, where the unemployment level is just 4.8 percent, lower than the UK figure of six percent.

Cappilati could not give exact figures of the recruiting drive, but told ComputerworldUK that “it will be several people. It could be 50 or 100”.

The Latin American IT skill gap is predicted to reach 117,000 people by 2015 according to IDC figures. However, IT supplier Capgemini is taking advantage of its growing IT market, almost half of which is positioned in Brazil.

"There is a lot of opportunity to improve businesses using technology and to sell IT to improve companies," IDC analyst Pietro Delai said.

"The IT market in Brazil grows far beyond the world-wide average," he added.

Hiring locally

Capgemini’s profile was lifted following the acquisition of Brazil’s supplier CPM Braxis in 2012, but it is still competing with well-known, home-grown suppliers when it comes to hiring and retaining staff.

Cappilati said: “We can’t afford to address this competition with a salary increase - you need to offer something different.

“Two years is very new, but more and more, people are beginning to know us.”

Further, by offering Latin American employees the opportunity to pursue careers within the global group Capgemini will become a more lucrative career choice, Cappilati said.

Latin American customers want the same IT supplier as its European and US counterparts

International employee movement within the firm will entice clients, who Cappilati said were increasingly looking for an outsourcer who works with the same brand in other global divisions.

Cappilati said: “I’m seeing more and more requests from the US and Europe to be the arm of Capgemini in Latin America...When I’m speaking with HSBC in Latin America they are interested in what the US is doing.”

“They are expecting us to act as a global group, not local. They want a combination of global and local capabilities”, he added.

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