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Infosys knocks Europe's lack of computer science grads

An engineer works in the control room at Infosys Technologies campus at Electronics City in Bangalore January 20, 2003. Infosys competes with companies such as Accenture Plc and IBM for orders to maintain information technology infrastructure and build software applications for corporate clients.

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Infosys, India's second largest software services exporter, aims to expand its workforce in Europe, but is having trouble finding the computer science graduates it needs, the head of its European operations said on Friday.

"The biggest problem for us with regard to hiring is that there aren't enough people who want to study computer science in Europe and the U.K.," said B. G. Srinivas, head of European operations at Infosys .

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Srinivas said the company aims to expand its European workforce by 10 percent, adding 5,500 employees.

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"We've had to hire maths and science graduates," said Mr. Srinivas. "If we hired only computer science graduates, I'd be looking at a very small talent pool."

Infosys competes with companies such as Accenture Plc and IBM for orders to maintain information technology infrastructure and build software applications for corporate clients.

Globally, spending on information technology is expected to rise 3.7 per cent this year, its slowest pace in 3 years, research firm Gartner said earlier this month.



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