Accenture to double staff in India, China, Philippines

IT services and outsourcing company to add 26,000 employees over the next three years

Accenture plans to more than double its staff in India, China, and the Philippines from 24,000 currently to about 50,000 over the next three years, the company said Tuesday.

Of the 24,000 people currently employed in these three countries, 16,500 are based in India, according to a spokesman for Accenture in India.

Around 10,000 of the employees in India are in IT services, 5,000 in BPO (business process outsourcing) and the rest in consulting for the Indian market and corporate functions

Although the company did not disclose how many new employees would be hired in India specifically, the spokesman said the country "will continue to play a significant role."

India currently accounts for about 13 percent of Accenture's 126,000 staff worldwide.

Large technology companies have announced plans to expand in India. On Monday, Dell said it was adding 5,000 call center employees, and 300 more software development staff in India over the next two years.

Earlier this month, Oracle announced plans to increase its workforce in India to 10,000 people from the current 8,600 over the next eight months.

In addition to Accenture, several other multinational services companies such as IBM, Perot Systems, Electronic Data Systems (EDS) and Unisys have set up centers in India for the offshore delivery of services to their customers worldwide.

The subsidiaries of multinational services companies are able to take advantage of their low-cost Indian subsidiaries to compete with Indian outsourcers such as Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Infosys Technologies, and Wipro on the rates they charge customers, according to a report last year from sourcing consultancy firm Technology Partners International (TPI) in Houston, Texas.