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EDS Latest Tech Giant to Increase Offshore Hiring

EDS is the latest major IT services vendor to bolster its offshore operations. The Dallas-based company, which provides a range of IT and BPO services to corporate and government customers, plans to double its staff in Hungary, a spokesman confirmed on Wednesday.

EDS currently employs about 1,100 workers in Hungary, mostly in call center positions. The company wants to have more than 2,000 workers in the country by 2009, said the spokesman, confirming an earlier report by Reuters. EDS' Hungarian operations are located in Budapest, from where it provides services for companies based in the U.S. and Western Europe.

This month, Capgemini, Dell, and IBM have all confirmed plans to significantly boost offshore hiring. IBM plans to have more than 50,000 workers in place in India by 2007—a 30% increase. Dell currently employs about 10,000 workers in India and wants to double that number by 2009. Capgemini plans to add 6,000 Indian workers over the next year, bringing its total to 10,000.