HP To Create 700 New Jobs In Scotland

Hewlett-Packard (HP) is set to create 700 new jobs in Scotland by establishing an IT service unit in Erskine, near Glasgow.

The new HP facility will be set-up using the £7 million the company received in government funding.

“This announcement is testament to Scotland's strong reputation for excellence in IT and customer services. HP's decision to make this investment at Erskine reflects the quality of Scotland's skilled workforce to perform and deliver success.” Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond said in statement to BBC News.

According to BBC News, HP announced last year that it would be transferring 700 jobs from its plant in Scotland to the Czech Republic, leading the Scottish Development International and Scottish Enterprise to work closely along side HP to bring new investment to Renfrewshire, where the new HP facility will be established.

Head of strategy and integration at HP UK and Ireland Marc Waters 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."

The new posts in the IT service station will bring employee numbers in the region back to 1,700.