Telecoms firm Huawei announces plans to boost jobs

Chinese telecoms firm to create 500 jobs in the UK

A Chinese telecoms firm plans to double its headcount in the UK over the next few years, including recruiting more engineers.

Huawei, based in Basingstoke, Hampshire, plans to create 500 more jobs, recruiting engineers, sales staff, and increasing management positions.

A formal UK graduate programme and generating a further 1,000-1,500 subcontracting jobs over three years are also part of its plans, it said.

“We are committed to bringing more job opportunities to the UK, which is a key market for us,” said Victor Zhang, chief executive of Huawei UK.

“As one of the leading technology vendors in the world, Huawei has been implementing its localisation strategy for many years. 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.”

Andrew Finney, leader of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, said: “Basingstoke is home to companies from many countries but we are particularly pleased to play host to the UK's largest Chinese investor.

“Huawei not only provide excellent job opportunities but also support our local community. It is great to see them growing so strongly.”

Huawei was first established in the UK in 2001 and relocated to Basingstoke in 2003, where it now employs around 500 staff.

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