BT has announced plans to hire 150 new engineers in Scotland to help with its roll-out of broadband north of the border.
The majority of the posts – 90 – will be focused in the Highlands and Islands area, where BT was awarded the BDUK contract to bring fibre broadband connectivity to 85% of its homes and businesses by 2015. The project is being funded with a £126.4m investment from the government and £19.4m by BT.
The other 60 engineers will be taken on in Inverness, Fort William, Oban, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Dumfries and Galashiels, supporting both the BDUK projects in those areas and BT’s own £2.5bn commercial deployment of fibre, which together aim to bring connectivity to 95% of Scotland by 2017.
“The advance of fibre broadband across Scotland is good news in more ways than one,” said Brendan Dick, director of BT Scotland. “Faster broadband will help to fuel local economies across rural and urban Scotland and the jobs we’re creating are part of that.
“We’ve already had a great response for the posts in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Dumfries and Galashiels, and now we’re very keen to hear from people in Inverness, Fort William, Oban and Aberdeen. We’re looking for dynamic, customer-focused people with a can-do attitude who will help build the network infrastructure and deliver fibre products and services to homes and offices in and around these towns and cities.”
The jobs will be fixed-term contracts for 18 months and add to the existing 2,500-strong team BT boasts in the country specifically for its broadband projects.
Deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon added: “Up to 150 new jobs is a welcome boost to the jobs market, presenting new business opportunities across the country. This is one of the most ambitious infrastructure projects in the whole of Europe and will enable businesses to compete on the international stage.”
Anyone interested in the roles should send their CV to [email protected].