Global business consultancy Deloitte, is planning to hire 15,000 people in the country over the next two to three years, the company’s top official said here on Tuesday.

“We are very upbeat about the Indian economy and have major expansion plans in India,” said Deloitte’s Global Chief Executive, Jim Quigley.

“At present, we are employing about 11,000 people in India. To increase our business, we are planning increase it by 15,000 people over the next two to three years,” Quigley told reporters.

“The (global economic) crisis is also an opportunity to expand and acquire assets at attractive valuations. We believe that India and China will be leading the global economic recovery. Europe will be very slow to recover. So it makes sense to invest here,” he added.

“Even during the time of economic slowdown we saw a (business) growth of 30 percent in India. We are going for active acquisition and expansion plans here.” he said.

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