Pro Progressio and Polish Outsourcing Media have organized the competition for the best performing and the fastest developing outsourcing services providers and organizations. The City of Katowice was appreciated for the biggest number of outsourcing events supported by city in 2013 and won the City Outsourcing Star title.
The Outsourcing Stars Gala was organized on 16th of January in Warsaw. Outsourcing service providers and organizations were rated in 12 categories and 29 award qualifications. Number of conferences, workshops, trainings and fairs was the biggest in Katowice last year from amongst all cities which were taken into consideration by the jury.
The list of awarded companies and organizations will be included in Outsourcing Bible – the outsourcing providers catalogue distributed in 2014 on various industry events across Poland and will be promoted in media. „Our presence during different types of business events gives a clear sign that Katowice is strongly determined to attract as many outsourcing investors as possible” – commented Piotr Uszok, Katowice mayor.
According to the „Business Services Sector in Katowice and the Silesia Metropolis” report, employment in service centers in Katowice and the Silesia Metropolis increased by 4 000 people from January 2012 to October 2013 (from 8 000 to 12 000). It is predicted that the employment in the industry will reach 15 000 people by the end of 2014, which is almost double the number when compared to the beginning of 2012.
The largest investment of the outsourcing sector in Katowice last year was the opening of IBM‘s Service Delivery Center where up to 2 000 people will be hired. Also, it was the biggest outsourcing investment in Poland in 2013.