‘A welcome boost’: Manchester councillors give unanimous backing to Virgin Media job creation

By John McDougall

Plans announced last week by Virgin Media to create 130 jobs in Wythenshawe have been given full backing by two Manchester councillors.

Labour councillor Luke Raikes – who represents Baguley – has welcomed the move by the firm, announced on Thursday, to create 90 engineering and 40 customer care roles in the town.

It is part of a nationwide move by the telecommunications giant to create 400 jobs and Cllr Raikes feels the decision will bring real benefits to Wythenshawe.

“This is a welcome boost to the local economy,” he told MM.

“Wythenshawe is increasingly recognised as an attractive location for firms in thriving key sectors such as this.

“With both economic pressures and welfare reform set to hit family incomes in the coming months, the job opportunities this will bring to local people are needed now more than ever.”

The news comes following a recent £15billion takeover of the company by US cable group Liberty Global.

Cllr Raikes’ sentiments are echoed by his counterpart Mary Di Mauro – a Liberal Democrat member for Northenden – who feels the announcement can only be good news for Wythenshawe.  

“I am delighted Virgin Media are creating call centre jobs in Wythenshawe,” she told MM.

“I am particularly pleased that many of the new Virgin Media engineering apprenticeships will also be coming.

“This is a great chance for more of our young women and men to get into a career as professional engineers.”

Among other UK cities to benefit from the announcement include Glasgow, Birmingham and Swansea, and adds to the 620 jobs Virgin Media created last year.

Picture courtesy of VitorCastillo, with thanks.

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