HONG KONG: The forthcoming UK Huawei research and development centre will hire 75 percent of its staff from the area in which it is set up, the firm has confirmed.
Plans to open a new R&D centre were announced last week following chancellor George Osborne's visit to the firm's headquarters in Shenzhen, China.
So far no location has been confirmed but when V3 asked if the firm was concerned about the UK's current skills shortage at a press briefing in Hong Kong, head of international media affairs Scott Sykes insisted that Huawei was confident it would find the skills it needs in the UK in order to meet the centre's needs.
Sykes said: "If we weren't confident that we could find the people we need then we wouldn't have taken that initiative in the first place. We feel there are good universities, a good technical community and talent available there, and we would never have undertaken this otherwise."
The remaining 25 percent of staff at the £125m research centre will be recruited from among Huawei's Chinese staff, said Sykes, which matches the company's global average.
The centre will create 220 new jobs in total, in addition to the 80 employees already working at the firm's Ipswich research department. Sykes said the firm is looking for electrical engineering, computer engineering and computer science staff at all levels to work at the centre, a location for which has not yet been announced.
He added: "The purpose of the UK R&D centre is to add value to our SmartCare offering. This is about software and services and analytics that telcos would use to understand their network, what's happening on their network, how can they provide better services."
Huawei's president of marketing for its Enterprise Business Group, Patrick Zhang, told V3 on Monday that the UK R&D centre would be a large part of the firm's ongoing enterprise push.
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