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BT set to recruit as Ipswich R & D hub emerges as ‘key site’ for company’s future

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BT is planning to recruit staff at its R &D base at Adastral Park, near Ipswich, after it emerged as a key site for the company’s future under a ‘consolidation and modernisation’ programme. Although this will involve the telecoms company cutting the number of its locations from around 300 nationally to 30, it plans to recruit some 78 apprentices and graduates at Adastral Park from this September, including roles in cyber security and applied research.

Meanwhile, Openreach, its digital network business, is set to create 295 full time engineering jobs across the East this year. Adastral Park directly employs 8,560 people, with a further 394 as contractors. As part of a ‘better workplace’ programme, the group plans to open a new hq in London later in 2021 and new ‘strategic hub’ locations in major cities including Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester.

Jane Thomas, BT Group regional lead for the East of England, said: “At an important time for our region, our spending on people, networks and suppliers, provides a vital economic boost. The wider impact of that spending helps to sustain communities and small businesses right across the region.” A recent report showed that BT Group employs one in every ten employees in ICT in the East of England and supports some 54,700 jobs in total in the region either directly or through its £1.5 billion annual spending with suppliers and contractors.

Last Updated ( Monday, 15 February 2021 10:48 )