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Microsoft hiring 120 sales staff for new Sydney initiative

Microsoft Australia has announced that it will be hiring 120 sales staff for its Sydney operations, to boost digital sales in the country and the region.

The staff will work at what is called an Inside Sales Centre, one of four that have been opened worldwide. The others are in Dublin, San Jose (Costa Rica) and Fargo in the US.

The Australian centre will serve customers in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan, and provide support in more than nine languages.

Three sales satellites will be opened in India, China, and Japan to look after customers generated by this initiative.

Microsoft Australia managing director Steven Worrall said: “As we continue to digitally transform Microsoft, I am delighted Sydney has been chosen as the location for one of four global Worldwide Inside Sales Centres.

"It’s evidence of our commitment to our business in Australia and the role this region plays globally. The new Inside Sales Centre expands upon our significant local investments from recent years, which includes two Cloud Datacentre regions offering services for Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365, and our flagship Microsoft Store in Sydney.”

NSW Industry Minister Niall Blair said Microsoft's investment was a vote of confidence in the state's strengths in information technology and digital innovation.

"Microsoft's decision to choose Sydney as one of only four global centres for its Asia Inside Sales Team is great news and recognition of the unique and highly skilled workforce we have here in NSW," he said.

"Sydney is one of the most multicultural cities in the world — more than a third of the population is now born overseas and there are over 200 languages commonly spoken — making it a natural home for Microsoft's new Asia Inside Sales Centre."

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