Utilities firm Scottish Power has unveiled plans to create 2,500 jobs at its energy networks division over the next decade as part of a £2.6 billion investment in its transmission network.
The roles are on top of 1,500 posts that were announced last year and will lead to a dramatic increase in the workforce at the firm’s energy networks division, which currently employs about 3,000 people.
ScottishPower Energy Networks distributes electricity on behalf of supply companies and is responsible for operating and maintaining cables and power lines that serve about 3.5 million homes across the south of Scotland, northern England and north Wales.
The division’s chief executive, Frank Mitchell, said: “We are already well under way with recruiting the 1,500 jobs announced last year.
“The decision to fast-track our £2.6bn investment in our 2013 to 2021 transmission network programme allowed us to mobilise quickly, place £850 million of contracts for 2013 and recruit a third of the 1,500 posts – effectively trebling our annual recruitment levels.”