DALLAS - The growing number of job vacancies in the computer industry has spurred a review for the consolidated recruitment ad account of Compaq Computer Corp., Digital Equipment Corp. and Tandem, sources said.
The consolidation also raises the possibility of further account consolidations at some point down the line. Compaq's acquisition of Digital would create a computer firm second in size only to IBM. (Compaq acquired Tandem last year.)
The consolidation is intended to cut costs and increase the reach of each brand's human resources department, sources said. "There are 85,000 computer science graduates [nationwide], and there are 250,000 jobs available," said a source. "The pressure to attract qualified employees is exploding these recruitment advertising budgets."
Christine Doxey, human resources manager at Houston-based Compaq, confirmed a review for the company's recruitment business. She declined to elaborate and disputed a $5-10 million figure provided by sources.
Shops contacted include recruitment agency networks Bernard Hodes Advertising and JWT Specialized Communications, each of which have offices in Dallas and Houston; and JWG Associates in Wellesley, Mass., sources said. JWT Specialized's New York office is the incumbent at Digital. BHA is Tandem's shop. Not participating, said sources, is Compaq incumbent TMP Worldwide, Santa Clara, Calif. Agency executives all declined comment or did not return calls.
Regarding Compaq's $200 million main advertising account, the company will soon launch a global campaign through Ammirati Puris Lintas, New York, but plans for Digital remain vague. Digital representative Dan Kaferle said a decision on the future of the brand has not been made. He did confirm that Digital's current print campaign will run through the summer. DDB Needham, New York, handles Digital's estimated $35 million account. - with David Gianatasio