Openreach last year recruited around 500 ex-armed forces personnel to help in the roll-out of its FTTC and FTTP products. Today the division of BT is announcing a further 150 full-time engineering posts are to be created with the chosen recruits starting in May 2012, bringing the number of staff involved in the fibre roll-out to over 3,000.
"We're really pleased with the progress we are making in delivering our fibre deployment. Through system and process enhancements, we're delighted to be delivering fibre even faster. We can only do this if we have the right number and calibre of engineers on the ground. It is also fantastic to be able to offer permanent jobs to people in the current economic climate."Liv Garfield, CEO Openreach
The new recruits look set to be part of a mobile workforce, working around the country. The roll-out has passed some seven million homes to date (27% of UK homes), and will hit the ten million mark (38%) later in the year, continuing on to the two thirds target by the end of 2014.