Huawei Australia has exceeded staff growth expectations for the year, confirming that it now employs over 700 staff in five local offices.
The company has been increasing its foothold in Australia, supporting an intern and scholarship program at Macquarie University, partnering with RMIT University for a Melbourne training centre and setting up an Australian board of directors that included John Brumby and Alexander Downer.
Huawei had originally planned to double local staff numbers from 300 at the end of 2010 to 600 at the end of 2011, but, following a series of significant contract wins throughout the year, it has increased the number of new hires that it has brought on-board. These contracts include Vodafone's replacement of its 2G and 3G mobile networks and Optus' long-term evolution (LTE) roll-out.
"With more than 700 staff now employed across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, Huawei Australia has more than doubled in size in just 10 months — outpacing our own staff growth expectations for 2011," said corporate and public affairs director Jeremy Mitchell.
"Not only have we increased our staff numbers, Huawei has also lifted our localisation rate in Australia from 80 per cent to 85 per cent, and we will continue to hire more local staff to meet our unprecedented business expansion."