Hewlett-Packard Creates 700 Jobs in Britain

Jobs to be added in Erksine where last year the same number of jobs were cut

Hewlett-Packard announced plans on August 25 to create 700 jobs by establishing an IT center at its base in Scotland where it cut a similar number of manufacturing jobs last year.

The company 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.

The announcement of the new jobs follows a seven million pound (US$10.8 million) 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."

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2010

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