US communications company IDT Global is considering opening an office in the southern region of Israel in an effort to boost employment opportunities for English speakers in the area The Jerusalem Post has learned.
"We recently started a free shuttle service from Beersheba and Dimona for workers to our Jerusalem offices as a pilot to test the possibility of opening a branch in Beersheba," said Judy Lowy, director of recruitment at IDT.
The company is allowing itself six months to test the viability of the project. After one month, IDT has recruited 60 people to work at its Jerusalem call center, though Lowy said a solid base of 100 employees was needed to justify the investment needed to maintain an office in the South.
"Unemployment is a problem in the South and the Anglo community is not immune to this," Lowy said.
Meanwhile, IDT recently launched a campaign to hire 200 workers at its Jerusalem branch in Har Hotsvim to work with its largest client, US-based AOL in its customer retention program. The recruitment drive will bring its numbers in Israel to over 1,000 which has been a goal for IDT since starting operations in the country three years ago.