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Openreach to recruit a further 500 engineers

Engineer up pole 

BT has announced a major expansion to the recent Openreach recruitment drive, with the creation of a further 500 full-time engineering jobs. This Page Content

latest phase of recruitment, which is already well underway, builds on the success of Openreach’s recent campaign to hire 1,600 engineers.

Most of the remaining vacancies are based in London, Surrey and Aberdeen, and bring the total number of new recruits announced by Openreach this year to around 2,400, including more than 300 modern apprentices. The majority of the additional posts will be permanent, while some are fixed-term contracts of 18 months.

Around half of the new intake will be specifically focused on Openreach’s commitment to continue to deliver improved levels of customer service. The remainder of recruits will focus extending fibre broadband to new housing developments and installing Ethernet across the country, which offers a dedicated ultra-fast broadband service for medium to large businesses. Some engineers will also be responsible for maintaining the network, allowing Openreach to further enhance its customer service levels by reducing the number of faults.

Of the 1,600 hired so far, more than 200 of these roles have been filled by ex-armed forces personnel, underlining Openreach’s ongoing commitment to supporting ex-service men and women. The campaign has also boosted the number of female engineers at Openreach following an increase in applications from women who are keen to enter the world of engineering.

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