Computacenter is to embark on a major recruitment drive, on-boarding over 700 new staff on the Services side - transferring others from customers and their historical suppliers - in the wake of a surprise upturn in its business.
In an unaudited trading statement foisted on the City this morning, the IT infrastructure services and solutions specialist said that its services revenue growth had increased substantially, and is likely to have grown at over 15% in constant currency during the first half of the year.
In light of this, Computacenter's board has decided that it needs to make significant investment to account for the new business it has been winning.
It said it expected a combination of recruitment, spending on new back office and customer-facing systems and increased sales commissions to its staff to cost it somewhere in the region of £7m this year.
CEO Mike Norris said that while Computacenter had "highlighted the necessity for investment in our statement of 18 April 2012, both the size and scope of the opportunities we have won have increased significantly, requiring us to invest further".
Computacenter added that its Supply Chain business was expected to see growth in the high single digits during H1, with investments in capital expenditure projects remaining "satisfactory" despite some areas of concern, notably the British financial services market and the French public sector.