HP says it will create hundreds of new roles to staff its newly-lauched global applications services centre in Christchurch. National application services manager Alex Bouma says it is actively recruiting now, and will hire six graduates as well as workers from Christchurch and elsewhere.
"There will be hundreds of new roles but (the number) will be driven by client demand," he says.
HP, owned by EDS, already had a Centre of Excellence in Christchurch, but the company says this was focused on serving New Zealand clients.
"We're now part of the globally-run Best Shore Network," says Bouma.
"HP clients around the globe can truly come to us now."
HP says there will be emphasis initially on serving ANZ clients through the Christchurch centre, but the proportion of Asia Pacific and international clients it serves will increase, particularly where it has areas of specialist application services skill locally.
Christchurch was chosen from among other Asia Pacific locations for the lower cost of its labour, the investment in a dark fibre network and ability to attract workers who want a different lifestyle, HP and supporting organisations say. Other factors were the region's focus on IT education and strategy.
The centre will focus on the public sector, media and entertainment, among other vertical markets, HP says.
In addition, labour costs in Christchurch are found to be lower than in other parts of NZ HP operates in.
The Christchurch Centre has operated since last August.
HP has five other Global Delivery Applications Services clusters: the Americas; Europe; China; India and the Philippines.
Nearshore centres are those which serve clients in the same geography with specialised knowledge and technology skills in the same time zone at lower cost.