Rich pickings for Scottish jobs

by Jerry Frank

One of Scotland’s leading technology firms, Agilent Technologies, plans to set up a telecommunications research facility at its plant near Edinburgh.

The subsidiary of California-based computer systems giant Hewlett-Packard plans to establish an advanced laboratory to explore next generation communications, such as the internet, optical and other high-bandwidth technology.

Up to 40 top electronic communications and software architecture scientists will be hired over the next two years at Agilent Laboratories’ site in South Queensferry, Scotland.

During the next three months 60 engineering and software staff will also be recruited at the plant, where more than 430 jobs have been created in the past three years.

Andy Belcher, general manager at the South Queensferry site, said: `The availability of some of the leading technologists and academics in the communications field, and the potential to develop joint research projects with local and European universities, were key factors in the decision.’