27 Feb 2014

Call-centre business picking up

1:32 pm on 27 February 2014

Business New Zealand says the number of overseas companies wanting to set up call centres here is increasing because it's cheap and easy to do, and there's a well-educated workforce.

An international recruitment firm, Hays, says at least 700 new jobs will be created by two call centres in the next year.

It says it has two clients that will set up call centres in Wellington and Auckland; one looking to hire 300 staff and the other 400. It says wages are about 25 percent lower here than in Australia.

But the chief executive of Business New Zealand, Phil O'Reilly, says wages are only part of the appeal. He says the cost of land and power is relatively cheap, and New Zealand has very little red tape.