Hewlett-Packard creates 700 jobs in Britain

25th August 2010, Comments 0 comments

Hewlett-Packard announced plans on Wednesday to create 700 jobs by establishing an IT centre at its base in Scotland where it cut a similar number of manufacturing jobs last year.

The US computer giant said it would make Erksine, near Glasgow, a hub for delivering IT services to British clients. The site is already home to its sales and customer support operations.

Last year HP slashed about 700 manufacturing jobs at Erskine, transferring them to the Czech Republic.

Wednesday's announcement of the new jobs follows a seven million pound (8.5 million-euro, 10.8 million dollar) grant from government agency Scottish Enterprise.

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond said: "HP's decision to make this investment at Erskine reflects the quality of Scotland's skilled workforce to perform and deliver success."

"These 700 new jobs highlight our strengths as a first-class destination for technology," he added.

Marc Waters, HP's head of strategy in Britain and Ireland, said: "HP has a strong heritage in Scotland and I am delighted to confirm our investment to develop the Erskine site as a hub for delivering industry-leading technology services."

© 2010 AFP

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