Insurer Plans to Expand Tucson Work Force

Insurance company Geico plans to add more than 200 new customer service employees at its Tucson call center by the end of the year, part of a planned expansion that has already added 125 workers since September.

Geico opened its Tucson customer service-operations center in 2003, and it has grown to more than 600 employees.

The 230 jobs announced this week are part of a previously announced expansion plan, said Charlotte Fick, human-resources manager at the Tucson Geico office. The company said in September that it planned to add as many as 600 new positions.

Starting pay for customer-service workers is $14 an hour, with a 10 percent bonus for shifts beginning after 1 p.m., Fick said.

Geico, originally an acronym for Government Employees Insurance Co., is the fourth-largest private passenger-auto insurer in the nation.

Information from: Arizona Daily Star,