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A high-tech hiring binge is looming for London.

Voices.com plans to double its workforce, adding 100 workers.

But that hiring is just the tip of the iceberg, said Kapil Lakhotia, chief executive of the London Economic Development Corp. Up to 1,000 technology positions need to be filled in the city this year, he said.

“London companies are projecting a lot of hiring this year in the digital, creative space. It could be 1,000 jobs by the end of the year.

“Growth in London’s tech sector has been organic. These are homegrown companies, entrepreneurs.”

The LEDC is hosting a job fair May 18. About 1,500 jobs are available, and more than 30 businesses will interview candidates that day at Western Fair District, Lakhotia said.

Sales at Voices.com are roughly doubling every 12 months and the company is on track to hit $100 million in annual sales by 2020, said chief executive David Ciccarelli.

“We are the overnight sensation 10 years in the making. We’ve been doubling sales every year for the last five years.”

The company is adding workers as it grows. Its workforce is 100 employees, double what it was last year.

“We have a great product. Really the key driver behind this is digital marketing efforts,” Ciccarelli said.

That product is software that matches people — usually actors, or voice professionals who record their voice — with clients, usually businesses, who hire them for voice-over work.

Voices.com has about 125,000 voices with approximately the same amount of customers, Ciccarelli said.

“Slow and steady is our watchword, the tortoise beats the hare.”

Voices.com has openings for sales positions, account managers, business development staff and web developers, he said.

In one year sales have nearly doubled, coming in at 89 per cent growth.

Global industry accounts for much of the growth, with some companies recording their message in many different languages largely for corporate training videos.

“It is not glamorous but it is a sweet spot, it needs to get done,” Ciccarelli said.

Voices.com is renovating its office at 150 Dufferin Ave., adding 4,000 square feet to accommodate the growth.

Kaitlyn Apfelbeck, the company’s human resources manager, said it receives about 200 applications a month and nearly 2,000 people applied in 2015.

“Many of those come from outside of London . . . we’re thrilled we can introduce these young professionals to our wonderful London community to live and put down roots.”

Lakhotia said a maturing of the technology sector is the main reason for growth of the city’s tech sector. Western University and Fanshawe College also are producing more graduates with skills companies are seeking, he said.

“Educational programs have been enhanced here, video game production and other areas of production are generating a lot of talent.”

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Source: London Free Press

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