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International technology recruitment specialist NetworkersMSB has announced plans to significantly increase its presence in Sub-Saharan Africa, in order to take advantage of the current huge expansion in the regions telecoms and power infrastructure.

NetworkersMSB former Head of Global Development Simon Hill has moved to Cape Town to take up the new post of Head of Recruitment Services, Sub-Saharan Africa. From here, he will oversee the expansion of the companys business across this vast market covering much of the African continent including Uganda, Tanzania and Nigeria, the biggest mobile market in Africa. NetworkersMSB anticipates growth across all channels including IT and Telecoms, Renewables and Engineering, HR, Supply Chain and Finance.

The company has been in Africa for the last four and a half years and is the only recruitment consultancy in the country with a specific division looking after jobs in renewable energy. Activity is currently run out of the companys two Cape Town offices but there are plans to open at least one more office in the Sub-Sahara within the next six months.

Simon Hill says: South Africa is set to become a hot-spot for energy jobs. The government has set a target of generating 15% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2014 and the recent release of attractive renewable energy feed-in tariffs by the countrys energy regulator has lead several global energy companies to consider wind energy investments alongside their current operations. When this happens there will be a huge demand for project developers, engineers and project managers and many of them will come from the UK and Northern Europe where these industries are more mature.

In the IT and Telecoms sectors too Simon anticipates skills migration from the UK to South Africa and elsewhere in the Sub-Sahara as the region strives towards a global communications infrastructure in readiness for the football World Cup in 2010. There is a growing trend of skills returning to South Africa and the region following the recent economic crisis in the USA, UK and Europe and with NetworkersMSB offices throughout the world, Simon is capturing those candidates for placement in high level roles aiding further skills development in the region.

Typical jobs include telecoms engineers and IT developers - with knowledge of WiMAX, SAP and .NET Development particularly in demand as these skills are in short supply locally.

The majority of posts are on a well-paid contract basis, with most IT workers moving around the region from one job to the next, continues Simon. The benefit to the local employer is two-fold: there is the assurance that the job will be completed well and to time and the contractor will transfer a good part of his knowledge to local colleagues.


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