Local IT consultancy plans to add 200 jobs

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An Indianapolis-based information technology consultancy plans to lease additional office space on the city’s north-east side to make way for a planned addition of 200 workers by 2015.

City and economic development officials announced Knowledge Services’ plans Thursday morning in a press conference at the company’s headquarters, 5875 Castle Creek Parkway.

Knowledge Services was founded in 1994 as an information technology training company and has grown into a $57 million operation with 600 employees, including 150 in Indianapolis.

While the company continues to provide IT consulting, Knowledge Services CEO Julie Bielawski said major growth has taken place in the last four to five years as the company expanded into managing the process of temporary hiring for companies.

Knowledge Services was featured as one of IBJ’s fastest-growing companies last month. Annual revenue at the firm grew from $18.5 million in 2008 to $57.4 million in 2010.

Bielawski said the tough economy has created demand for contingent labor that has helped drive her company’s growth in that area.

“We’re in a really tough economy at the moment, and clients are looking for ways to continue to get their initiatives completed and get their rollouts done in a timely fashion within their budget,” Bielawski said.

The company’s new employees–including software developers and staffers in accounting, business development and customer service–will mostly help serve that growing area, Bielawski said. The company already has begun hiring some of the 200 workers. It said it will spend about $1.9 million to lease and prepare the new office space.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Knowledge Services $2.7 million in tax credits and $25,000 in training grants. The company also is seeking a 10-year tax abatement.


  • Really?
    I think they should take some of that money and send their current staff back to get training in people management and customer service. How can one person email Andrea C. at Knowledge Services and not hear back from her for 3 weeks when we have questions about our invoice they haven't paid or provided info to us on. The staff just hides behind dotStaff portal and tell us to go there.

    Their handling of the States' MSP process is horrible. Sounds like I want to apply for these cush lazy jobs.
  • Are you kidding me?
    So let me get this straight...
    Knowledge Services, who already holds the managed service provider contract with the State of Indiana for supplying personnel, is now going to get a tax abatement to hire the personnel our tax dollars are already paying for in their entirety, plus profit????

    I'm curious, the article left out details regarding how many monkeys and how many typewriters it took to hammer out this deal...

  • 200 jobs?
    200 jobs to their payroll or filling 200 more temp positions than what they currently have?
  • Thank you
    We want to thank the IBJ, a favorite in our office, for taking the time to recognize our efforts in coordination with the City of Indianapolis and State of Indiana.

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