BT announces plans to bring up to 70 new roles to Manchester

Date published: 18 July 2022

BT has announced plans to bring dozens of new roles to Manchester.

The tech and telecoms company has unveiled plans to bolster its Digital workforce which will see around 70 new specialised jobs brought to Manchester. 

The majority will be brought on board by April, 2024.

BT already employs more than 9,700 people across the North West, with the news set to increase the company’s presence in the area.

The new employees will be appointed to highly-skilled future-proofed roles including product management, software engineering, cloud, design, Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and agile delivery.

BT has already announced plans for staff in Manchester to be housed in state-of-the-art new offices at New Bailey which are currently under development, reaffirming its commitment to the region.

The latest announcement forms part of BT’s drive to expand its Digital unit, which is responsible for leading its digital transformation and creating innovative new products and services.

Harmeen Mehta, Chief Digital and Innovation Officer at BT, said: “Digital was founded to accelerate BT’s transformation, innovation and return to growth.

“To succeed, we need to bring in and upskill the top digital talent, and our efforts will boost the tech communities along the way.”

The new Manchester roles form part of a recruitment drive across the UK focussed on BT’s key regional hubs in Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Belfast, Ipswich and London.

As part of the process BT is focussing on entry talent including apprentices, graduates, women returners and others starting careers in Digital.

The company is working with organisations like Code First Girls and 10,000 Black Interns and knows its success lies in working with a diverse range of talent.

Harmeen Mehta added: “Diversity is a key focus in our recruitment efforts as we need a broad set of temperaments, mindsets and abilities to drive through the cultural transformation that comes hand-in-hand with this talent drive.”

This announcement builds on earlier news that BT has signed a  £30m deal with Distributed, a company that will bring agile elastic teams to work collaboratively with BT’s Digital team on projects and provide another route for BT to access highly skilled tech talent to drive its ambitious transformation goals.

For more information on roles, please visit BT’s Digital careers site here

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