Capita Group buys Vertex arm

The Capita Group said yesterday that it had agreed to buy Vertex Private Sector, a subsidiary of outsourcing provider Vertex Group. Capita will pay £40.5m for the business, which will affect more than 1,500 jobs in the UK and India. Vertex Private Sector is a contact centre-focused outsourcing business, which is particularly strong in the retail, utilities and telecommunications markets. Capita said the acquisition would enhance its customer service capabilities, after it bought call centre specialist Ventura earlier this year.