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South Africa: Over 9 000 Jobs Created through Business Process Outsourcing
Source: ITWeb News
Source Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Focus: ICT for MDGs
Country: South Africa
Created: Oct 29, 2014

The department supports the sector through an incentive scheme, launched in 2011, which aims to trim operating costs by up to 20% as it pays investors R112 000 for each full-time job created and maintained.

In the past year, 3 400 jobs were created in the Western Cape alone, according to a recent statement issued by BPeSA. The umbrella body notes foreign investment continues to drive growth across the industry and has accounted for the bulk of jobs created over the past two years.

Companies such as Amazon, American Airlines, BP, Lufthansa, 02, Shell and Swiss International all use the Western Cape – the largest concentration of BPO centres in SA – as a global base to service their customers, BPeSA CEO Gareth Pritchard has noted.

Most of the foreign investment into the industry is driven by the UK, with 63.3% of the offshore market, a 1.9% increase from 2013; followed by the US and Australia at 11.5% and 9.4%, respectively. In total, 88.2% of offshore work in the Western Cape is conducted in English, a 6.2% increase from 2013.

Financial services accounts for the highest proportion of agents, at 41.7% of the market, a 0.5% increase from 2013, while, within the offshore market, telecoms is the fastest growing sector at 37.3%, a 23.2% increase from 2013. 

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