A recruitment drive by telecoms giant BT has been stepped up, with the creation of another 45 full-time engineering jobs.
The move will mean that Openreach has recruited 175 engineers in the North West since the Spring.
Among the locations where the latest recruitment will be taking place are Preston, Carlisle, Barrow, Kendal, Lancaster, Manchester, Merseyside, Preston and Wigan.
This latest phase of recruitment, which is already well underway, builds on the success of Openreach’s May campaign to hire 1600 engineers across the UK – with 130 of those in the North West.
Openreach was thrilled with the response it received to the original recruitment drive receiving 26,000 applications for the originally advertised posts, enabling it to announce the recruitment of an additional 500 engineers.
Culture Secretary Sajid Javid said: “BT’s creation of 500 full time engineering jobs is tremendous news. Government is taking superfast broadband to 95 per cent of the UK by 2017, and it’s vital that a skilled workforce is in place to cope with the resulting increase in demand.”
Mike Blackburn, BT’s North West regional director, said: “This second announcement of more engineering jobs for the North West in just six months is a further boost to the region’s economy.
“The rollout of high speed fibre broadband is bringing the need for more jobs in all types of businesses and is supporting people working from home.
“This is further evidence that BT is committed to remaining a major part of the North West’s economy and to building connected communities.”
The majority of the new roles are permanent, direct jobs for Openreach employees while a proportion are fixed term contracts of 18 months.