BT has announced it will expand its digital workforce to 6,300 people, with 2,800 new employees in the UK and India by 2024. The recruiting campaign is part of the telecom company’s plan to bring in more core digital expertise.
The company plans to take on around 1,000 new employees at its London, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Belfast and Ipswich hubs, the majority of which will work outside the capital. In India, approximately 1,800 new employees will be hired around BT’s Bengaluru and Gurugram hubs.
The company has also committed to hiring a wide range of emerging talent by partnering with organizations such as Code First: Girls and 10,000 Black Interns. BT plans to focus on apprentices, graduates, women re-entry and others starting their careers digitally to make approximately 400 of the proposed new hires.
The roles include product management, software engineeringcloud engineering, digital design, data, AI and machine learning, and agile delivery.
In November 2021, the Harvey Nash Group published its Digital Leadership Report. The report found that while the number of digital leaders planning to increase their investments in technology and workforce reached record levels, at more than a third since 2020, more than 67% of digital leaders worldwide are now unable to keep pace. to keep up with the changes due to a lack of available talent.
As a result, 51% of respondents to the Harvey Nash Group survey said they planned to train people from other parts of their organization to broaden the skills of their technical teams.
BT will also make upskilling and reskilling part of its efforts to strengthen its digital workforce. This includes the development of a comprehensive learning resource, the BT Digital Campus, which combines digital skills platforms with specialized BT learning content to ensure employees stay on top of the latest digital technologies.
The recruiting campaign is overseen by BT’s Director of HR for Digital, Mark Murphy. In comments published alongside the announcement, Murphy said the company is “working hard to transform the way BT handles talent” as it seeks to strengthen its digital workforce.
“Newcomers will immediately contribute to the progressive, collaborative, transformative ‘digital way’ that is at the heart of how it works,” he said.
Paul Geddes, CEO of QA, a technology skills, training and talent organization, said this move by BT is another clear example of why companies facing digital transformation challenges should remain committed to learning and digital skills training.
“Loyal employees are less likely to leave and are more committed to business growth. It simultaneously creates a culture of learning and transformation that can keep pace with the rapid changes we see every day in areas such as product management, software engineering, cloud, data and AI,” he said.
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