ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 143

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Amid war with Hamas, Israel’s Matrix is seeking to hire 700 new employees

The information technology provider says businesses and organizations are in need of tech solutions to challenges that have emerged as a result of the war

Sharon Wrobel is a tech reporter for The Times of Israel.

Israeli information technology provider Matrix IT headquarter building in Herzliya. (Courtesy)
Israeli information technology provider Matrix IT headquarter building in Herzliya. (Courtesy)

In the middle of the ongoing war with the Hamas terror group, Israeli information technology provider Matrix IT Ltd. is looking to hire 700 people.

The Herzliya-based company is looking to fill vacancies in a number of tech-related areas including digital solutions, big data, machine learning, cloud software, IoT, cybertechnology, and augmented reality.

Within these areas the positions in demand are for software developers, information security personnel, project managers, system analysts, infrastructure and communications personnel, SAP implementers, software testers, cloud personnel, and automation developers.

“During these days many organizations are looking for technological solutions to the challenges created as a result of the national emergency and the fighting [with the Hamas terror group], that can help in a variety of areas such as: business continuity, information security and data protection, backup and recovery from disaster, cloud solutions, data, and digital transformation,” said Hila Tal, vice president of human resources at Matrix IT. “Matrix is ​​also involved and integrated in projects in the field of cyber and in the field of security and defense, areas in which there is greater demand for experts.”

“Employees integrated in these projects get to be part of important national projects that are of great significance to the security and strength of the State of Israel,” Tal added.

Founded in 2001, Matrix is one of Israel’s largest tech companies, employing about 12,000 people, mainly in Israel. Listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, the company generated NIS 3.9 billion in the first nine months of this year, an increase of about 13.2% versus the same period in 2022. Among its partners and clients are Microsoft, AWS, Google, IBM, Oracle, HP, SAP, DELL-EMC, and BMC.

Matrix IT office in Herzliya, Israel. (Courtesy)

With the outbreak of the war following the October 7 Hamas-led onslaught which saw thousands of terrorists infiltrate into southern Israel, murdering some 1,200 people in Israel, mostly civilians, and taking some 240 hostages, Matrix said it switched to working from home, and after a short period continued to work in a hybrid format.

As part of its third-quarter earnings report on Nov. 12, Matrix reported that “work is being carried out as usual, and the company continues the regular provision of services and products to its customers.”

When the war started, Israel called up more than 350,000 reservists, many of whom are working in local tech companies. As a result, an estimated 15% to 20% of tech sector employees are mobilized in the war effort as Israel vows to eradicate the Hamas terror group.

In the Nov. 12 report, Matrix said that about 700 of its 12,000 employees were called up for reserve duty, which may “affect profitability, as the reimbursement by the state is only partial.”

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