Hewlett-Packard creates 700 jobs at Erskine plant

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Hewlett-Packard Erskine
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The new posts come after 700 jobs were cut last year

The technology firm Hewlett-Packard (HP) is to create 700 new jobs at its plant in Erskine near Glasgow.

The company is setting up an IT service hub at its Renfrewshire facility with the help of £7m in government funding.

Last year HP announced it was cutting 700 manufacturing jobs at the plant and transferring the work to the Czech Republic.

These jobs will be gone by October but the new posts should see the plant back to employing about 1,300 people.

Commenting on the job creation, First Minister Alex Salmond said: "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."

'Strong heritage'

Following the announcement last year that 700 posts were to transfer to the Czech Republic, Scottish Development International and Scottish Enterprise worked closely with HP to attract new investment to its Renfrewshire base.

To underpin the new posts, the firm will receive up to £7m of Regional Selective Assistance support from Scottish Enterprise.

Marc Waters, head of strategy and integration at HP UK and Ireland, 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 Erskine plant was opened in 1987 by Compaq and was taken over by Hewlett-Packard in 2002. At one stage 2,500 people were employed on the site.

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