Public spending cuts could have an upside in the outsourcing sector with Capgemini still pencilling in a doubling of its Scottish workforce over the next three years, reports suggest.

Capgemini’s current base is around 600 staff, but the company sees this growing to at least 1,400 in time as it invests £10 million in the country, which has traditionally been public-sector heavy.

The company hasn’t made an official announcement on investment since it was first mooted some weeks ago, but the potential in a part of the UK forced by financial constraints to look at alternatives to internal service management and provision is obvious.

“We are working on what we hope will be a multimillion-pound investment in 2011. This will form an integral part of our growth plans in Scotland over the next three years as we seek to double our employee numbers here to at least 1400,” Capgemini head of local and devolved consulting told the Glasgow-based Herald newspaper.

Capgemini already has a strong foothold in the Scottish public sector with 70 customers for its eProcurement service, including Dundee City, Perth and Kinross and Angus.

In September, the company said it planned to create a ‘software factory’ in Scotland employing 50 staff, some of whom might themselves have been made redundant from public sector positions.