Boost for the Western Isles as firm looks to recruit 100 people

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Global business SYKES is creating up to 100 new homeworking jobs in the Highlands and Islands and will be in the Outer Hebrides next week to tap into the local skills market.

With a strong reputation in customer care skills, the area is a key target for the business, which currently operates a homeworking staffing model in the central belt and is keen to expand this into rural areas.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has been working with SYKES, to support their investment in the region.

HIE’s Rachel Mackenzie, Area Manager of Innse Gall, said: “With improving broadband connectivity in local towns and villages, and an excellent skills base here, these jobs could appeal to many local people who want the flexibility of working from home.

“Even training is provided without the need to travel.

“SYKES is holding drop-in sessions in Lewis, Harris, and Benbecula where local people can get more information and decide if this is something they’d be interested in.

“It’s also a good opportunity for us to promote the area as an ideal location for SYKES to expand their Scottish operations. We very much look forward to welcoming people to the events.”

EVENTS

September 3rd from 1.30pm to 2.30pm and between 4.30pm to 6.30pm. in the HIE board room, 9 James Street, Stornoway

September 4th from 9am to 10am at the Harris Hotel, Tarbert.

And between 2pm and 3pm in the HIE board room, Data Centre, Lionacleit, Benbecula.

The sessions will include presentations from SYKES representatives and opportunities to ask questions, as well as videos about the company and details about the positions available.

The majority of the 100 jobs available will be on permanent contracts and working between 16 and 40 hours a week.

If you are unable to attend but would like more information please contact: angela.macleod@hient.co.uk