Charlottetown call centre offers bonus to fill 200 positions

A call centre on Prince Edward Island is hoping it can find 200 new employees to work in Charlottetown, offering a cash bonus for successful applicants.

Atelka offering $150 bonus to successful applicants

A call centre on Prince Edward Island is hoping it can find 200 new employees to work in Charlottetown, offering a cash bonus for successful applicants.   

Atelka already employs 150 people in Charlottetown.    

The Montreal-based company also operates in Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick.    

It says it's just landed a contract with a one of Canada's largest telecommunications companies and it needs the new hires as soon as possible.

As an incentive, Atelka is offering $150 bonuses to those who apply by the end of the weekend, and are eventually hired.   

“Some people have said that we're crazy, its going to be too hard to find those people. I believe the people are out there. The Island and the city of Charlottetown thus far over the last three years have done great things for us so if we can recruit more people we will definitely put more people there.” said Michael Vineberg, CEO of Atelka.

Vineberg said the company will hire as many people on P.E.I. as possible.

“All good news comes with a challenge and the good news for us is that we can create all these jobs, the challenge is that the first couple of training classes need to go live in the next week or so. So there’s a $150 signing bonus payable upon successful commencement of employment. It would be our pleasure to give many of those out,”  he said.

If Atelka doesn't fill all 200 positions on the Island, the company will add positions to its Montreal operation.

Wages start at just over $10 per hour.

Atelka says it is not receiving any government assistance for the jobs.

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