ICL gives a jobs boost to Scotland

IT services company ICL is to double its workforce in Scotland to around 700 over the next two years. The Fujitsu-owned firm said the creation of the Scottish Parliament and ‘new market opportunities’ in were the main reasons for the move. Most of the new jobs will be in Edinburgh, where ICL is based. ICL […]

IT services company ICL is to double its workforce in Scotland to around 700 over the next two years.

The Fujitsu-owned firm said the creation of the Scottish Parliament and ‘new market opportunities’ in were the main reasons for the move. Most of the new jobs will be in Edinburgh, where ICL is based.

ICL chief executive Keith Todd said: ‘I am determined that ICL will play a positive role in Scotland and that we will grow and prosper here.’

Graduates will fill 50 of the new posts, while a further unspecified number will be implementing a partnership with Microsoft announced last year. The remainder will handle growth in demand as the country gets ready for the new Parliament.

Motorola said last month that it is taking on an extra 400 staff in Scotland.

Almost 85% of Fujitsu employees who lost their jobs when the Newton Aycliffe microchip plant in County Durham closed have been resettled, with 400 in new jobs. The Government-backed response group is still looking for a buyer for the site, which is being prepared for use by a wider range of industries.