Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei is planning to double its workforce in the UK in the next three years, the company has said.
The company plans to add 500 more IT professionals in its device and enterprise businesses at its UK headquarters in Basingstoke. Huawei already employees 500 people in the UK. Huawei had first opened shop in the UK in 2001 with a London office. The company moved to Basingstoke in 2003.
Apart from doubling its UK workforce, the company is also planning to create 1,500 sub-contracting jobs in the next three years. On top of that, Huawei will also introduce a graduate recruitment programme in the UK.
“As one of the leading technology vendors in the world, Huawei has been implementing its localisation strategy for many years,” Huawei's UK chief executive Victor Zhang, said in a statement.
“An increase in employees in our UK office will help us to provide more customised and innovative products and solutions for British telecom carriers, enterprise customers and consumers,” he added.
The company said that it plans to expand its workforce in the UK's developed market as it foresees further growth in the enterprise networking business line and plans additional investment in its consumer business in the UK.