BT Broadband jobs boost

BT_openreachBT will employ a further 500 engineers to build and maintain its network amid concerns that a host of upcoming infrastructure projects will make contract workers scarce and more expensive.

It brings the total recruitment this year by BT Openreach, the division responsible for the network, to around 2,400.

Joe Garner, the chief executive of Openreach, said BT’s latest recruitment drive would help deliver the ongoing rollout of fibre-optic broadband in rural areas and demonstrate BT’s commitment to improving its record on repairs. The expected boom in work for contractors from major projects such as HS2 and London’s ‘super sewer’ strengthened the case for BT to increase its own workforce.

Garner, a former chief executive of HSBC who took charge at Openreach earlier this year, said: “It was immediately obvious to me we needed to recruit. We’ve looked very scientifically at demand since we launched the last recruitment campaign and concluded we need to go further. We are recruiting more people so that we can continue to build our network rapidly, and serve our customers better.”

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