Greenstone Energy, which took over the ownership of the Shell retail and distribution business in April, is to create 12 jobs in this country by moving its call centre back from the Philippines.

Greenstone said a contract for the call centre was signed today and the facility would be running in New Zealand from August 1.

A total of 40 new New Zealand jobs had been created since April, mostly through bringing previously outsourced roles back to this country.

Those jobs included treasury management, marketing, asset management and credit functions that were previously undertaken elsewhere, the company said.

Greenstone chief executive Mike Bennetts said that while Shell was previously paying for those roles globally, now as local owners Greenstone was in a position to keep those costs and benefits within this country.

- NZPA