BT hires 150 fibre broadband engineers in Scotland

BT is hiring 150 new engineers in Scotland to support its fibre broadband roll-out.

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BT is hiring 150 new engineers in Scotland to support its fibre broadband roll-out.

The company is taking on new recruits in Inverness, Fort William, Oban, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Dumfries and Galashiels. The engineers will install fibre services in homes and businesses.

The recruitment supports BT’s £2.5 billion, UK-wide commercial fibre expansion programme and its government fibre broadband deals in the Highlands and Islands and the rest of Scotland.

Around 90 of the posts will be in the Highlands and Islands. Recruitment is already under way and the successful applicants will be offered 18-month fixed term contracts with BT network business Openreach.

The jobs in Scotland are in addition to the 1,000 new UK jobs announced by BT in March, which included more than 50 posts for Scotland. Among these jobs were posts for former armed forces personnel and modern apprentices.

Brendan Dick, director of BT Scotland, said: "The advance of fibre broadband across Scotland is good news in more ways than one. Faster broadband will help to fuel local economies across rural and urban Scotland and the jobs we’re creating are part of that."

BT said it had already had a big response for posts in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Dumfries and Galashiels, and was now "very keen" to hear from potential recruits in Inverness, Fort William, Oban and Aberdeen.

The company aims to offer fibre broadband to 85 percent of Scottish premises by the end of 2015, and around 95 percent by the end of 2017.

Openreach in Scotland currently employs around 2,500, the majority being frontline engineers.

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