Essar Group's business process outsourcing arm Aegis Ltd, has hired over 600 US military veterans and spouses during 2013. Much of these hiring has taken place at Aegis' centers in Killeen, Texas and Sierra Vista, Arizona, which are adjacent to US military bases.
''At Aegis, we enjoy a long and proud tradition of hiring military veterans and their families,'' said Sandip Sen, Global CEO of Aegis. ''Our experience is that military veterans and their families are a well-rounded, tech-savvy, and well-traveled work force with a strong desire to serve. Their work ethic is an inspiration to our global team.''
At the company's Killeen center, located a few miles from the largest US military base, Aegis hired 202 veterans (12 per cent of all hires), 36 different abled veterans (2 per cent) and 299 military spouses (18 per cent). Of the 183 hires at the company's Sierra Vista centre, 8 were veterans (3 per cent), 27 were different abled veterans (11 per cent), and 25 were military spouses (10 per cent).
In 2012, the company also received a letter from the executive director of the Joining Forces Initiative, operating from the office of Michelle Obama, commending Aegis for its commitment to hiring military veterans and their families.
Aegis was also one of the founding members of the jobs4America coalition, pledging to create thousands of jobs in its centers.
Aiming to expand its footprint in Southeast Asia, China, Korea and Japan, the $9-billion Essar Group business process outsourcing arm will acquire Malaysia-based BPO firm Symphony Assets. The deal, which was entered into earlier this month, is expected to be closed by March this year.
It has been signed between an Aegis subsidiary, Essar Services Mauritius, and Symphony House Berhad, which wholly owns Symphony Assets.