Norwegian investment creates jobs in Gävle
The Norwegian company Geomatikk has its Swedish headquarters in Gävle and is to recruit 40-50 new employees in the second half of 2012. “Gävle has a good supply of competent personnel,” claims Geomatikk’s CEO Petter Holmberg.
Geomatikk is a leading company in the use of GIS for managing underground infrastructure, and has recently been awarded a contract to manage all cabling for Telia Sonera’s nationwide telecommunications network. Geomatikk’s task is to manage the 130,000 or so excavation enquiries that relate to Telia Sonera’s network each year, and to ensure that no damage is made to its network.
The company is a market leader in Norway where it has over 100 clients, such as electricity, telecommunications, water and wastewater companies, as well as municipalities. Geomatikk established itself in Gävle in 2011 and had 4 employees during the summer 2012. However, the company intends to recruit 40-50 new employees by the end of 2012 as it grows rapidly in Sweden. The majority of the new employees will be based at the company’s headquarters in Gävle, although many will be recruited regionally and in other parts of the country.
Geomatikk’s decision to establish its headquarters in Gävle was influenced by the fact that the Gävle area is Sweden’s leading center for Geographical Information Systems (GIS). It is also thought to be easier to retain employees in Gävle than in Stockholm, and salaries are often lower.
“We were well received in Gävle,” claims Petter Holmberg. “Organizations such as Future Position X, and in particular the consultant Bo Soläng, helped us to open the right doors and to meet the right people.”
Geomatikk today has its offices at Gustavsbro in Gävle, but the company is planning to move into central Gävle as it begins to expand. The recruiting process has gone well during the summer. “We think we have made the right choice to establish in Gävle,” says Petter Holmberg.
Source: Gefle Dagblad, Sven-Olof Ekman, August 14, 2012, www.gd.se