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Jacobs to hire 2,400 new UK staff



Global engineering firm Jacobs has made a commitment to hire 2,400 new staff across the UK as it opened its new European flagship office in London this week. The new hires will be made over the next two years and will encompass a broad range of highly skilled professional and technical roles across diverse sectors.
The 2,400 new roles will be based across Jacobs' 30 offices across the UK
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The move will represent a significant expansion of Jacobs’ current UK workforce which stands at approximately 9,000 people. In a statement, the company said that the 2,400 new roles will be based across ‘Jacobs’ 30 UK offices, delivering digital and other advanced technical solutions to support more connected communities, cleaner air and water, cyber defences, strategic deterrent, clean energy and environmental clean-up.’

Announcing Jacob’s new hiring plans, Bob Pragada, Jacobs President and Chief Operating Officer said:

“Britain is a critical market for Jacobs. This investment is an indication of our ongoing confidence in the UK economy and its long-term infrastructure plans. Our people are helping to tackle some of the UK’s most complex challenges to make the future better, delivering projects to safeguard the environment and improve the security, connectivity, resiliency and productivity of the UK.”

Central to this investment in skills is Jacobs’ commitment to developing the next generation of diverse talent. One-third of Jacobs’ 1,300 hires in the UK over the past year were graduates, interns and apprentices. As part of its strategy to continue developing talent, Jacobs is collaborating with the London Interdisciplinary School to create a new undergraduate program integrated with the real word. Students will train to solve problems across a variety of sectors.

In addition to the new hires, Jacobs’ new London office is central to the company’s growth strategy in Europe and the Middle East. The Jacobs-designed office on the banks of the Thames, takes advantage of sustainable reuse of space to provide a flexible, collaborative and high-energy work environment for up to 1,000 employees. The progressive workplace solution is designed to enhance employee engagement and work performance through a wide range of space typologies and settings.

These developments follow Jacobs’ announcement earlier this year that it intends to acquire John Wood Group’s Nuclear business for an enterprise value of £250 million, and 50% of UK-based social value measurement and wellbeing firm, Simetrica.

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