A large Indian tech company which opened offices in Hamilton this week expects to fill sixty jobs in the city.
Global tech company Hindustan Computers Limited (HCL)'s office on Victoria Street was opened on Wednesday by Hamilton mayor Andrew King, High Commissioner of India Muktesh K. Pardeshi and Honorary Consul of India Bhav Dhillon.
HCL Australia and New Zealand executive vice president and country manager Michael Horton said the company has already filled 35 jobs in the office and will be recruiting the remaining positions in coming months.
HCL's key clients are Fonterra, LIC and ANZ who all have a strong base in Waikato, Horton said.
The company works in developing apps, design thinking, block chain, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence.
The company's presence is another boost for a burgeoning Waikato tech industry and by establishing an office in Hamilton the company is aiming to grow a personal connection with businesses, Horton said.
As the company's first delivery centre in New Zealand it will also be a centre supporting global customers.
The New Zealand Herald reported recently Fonterra was replacing its current tech providers, New Zealand company Datacom and multinational DXC with an outsourcing contract for Tata Consulting Services and HCL.
HCL already has a contract with Fonterra.
Those making up the 60 jobs in the Hamilton office are a combination of international (predominantly from India), local Hamilton and national employees, Horton said.
HCL hopes to develop a partnership with Waikato University to recruit employees from there.
Mayor Andrew King was present at the opening, said the new offices was a positive sign for the city's economy.
"You have made the right decision coming to Kirikiriroa.
Hamilton is one of the fastest growing cities in New Zealand, with around 40 new arrivals each week, he said.
He termed the city the "inland fortress", an ideal place to set up offices due to low natural disaster risk.
High Commissioner of India Muktesh K. Pardeshi said HCL was an "iconic indian company", and believed a presence in Hamilton would open up opportunities for IT partnerships in the country.
HCL delivers IT business services for 50 companies in New Zealand involved in agribusiness, financial services firms and the public sector.
It has had a presence in New Zealand since 1999, with offices already in Auckland and Wellington.