Australian IT Industry Creates 400 Jobs in Melbourne

Global technology and business services giant Vertex will establish its Asia Pacific Headquarters in Melbourne and expand its operations in the information and communications technology sector, creating 400 Victorian jobs.

Vertex Australia has decided on Ballarat as the city to invest up to $11.5 million to establish the Ballarat Technical and Customer Support Centre.

Victorian Premier John Brumby said that the new Vertex facility brings the number of Victorian IT jobs created in 2010 up to 2400.

“Victoria is the job-creating capital of Australia, generating more than 118,000 jobs since the start of the Global Financial Crisis two years ago,” Mr Brumby said.

“Vertex’s jobs boost comes on top of the 600 jobs announced at the company’s new Ballarat office in June, one of the largest-ever single job creating ventures in Ballarat’s history.  Vertex has shown faith in the Victorian economy by announcing the creation of 1000 new full-time jobs this year alone and is another example of Victoria defying the ongoing aftershocks from the Global Financial Crisis.”

The Asia Pacific headquarters will provide IT and business services to multinational companies in addition to a variety of services from IT technical support, sales and marketing campaigns, project management and customer service.

Vertex supports 45 million consumers globally and operates across a wide range of market sectors and geographies delivering customer management and client based services.

Phil Allan, Vertex’s Asia-Pacific chief executive officer, said that the new facility will allow the company to take advantage of local talent and extend its global reach.

“Vertex is in an excellent position to capitalize on the opportunities offered in the Asia Pacific market and this investment in our new facility will enable us to recruit the talented people we need take advantage of this opportunity and further extend the company’s global reach,” Mr. Allan said.

Minister for Information and Communications Technology John Lenders said Vertex announcement demonstrates Victoria’s potential growth in ICT sector and threw his support behind the National Broadband Network.

“We are clearly Australia’s ICT leader and this announcement demonstrates that Victoria has the best skills, infrastructure and economy for business investment and we are proud to help create thousands of Victorian jobs,” Mr. Lenders said.