As Britain struggles with national debt, Osbornes' Age of Austerity and vicious cuts in all sectors so it can climb out of the global recession, there are some companies which are acting with emphatic generosity to help this once great and proud nation claw its way back to the top. Yes, HP is going to open a call centre in Scotland.
Hewlett-Packard, which was just rated top dog in the world for server revenues and rakes in a lot of dough elsewhere too, will be given a charitable £7 million from the Scottish Regional Selective Assistance funding and will begin recruiting in November. About a year ago, HP sacked 700 positions at the Erskine, Renfrewshire site, instead outsourcing operations to the Czech Republic.
We're sure the £7 million bung has nothing to do with the U-turn.
Alex Salmon, er, Salmond who is Scotland's First Minister said that HP setting up shop (again) "reflects the quality of Scotland's skilled workfoce."
It's nothing to do with a £7 million bung.
"These 700 jobs," said Salmon, "highlight our strengths as a first-class destination for technology."
The official line on jobs at the site are telephone and web sales as well as marketing and customer support - so that's essentially telesales and client services, a far cry from the outsourced manufacturing roles.
A spokesperson for HP told Computerworld UK that the 934 UK job redundancies it decided on earlier this year are "unrelated really," and that "someone who has been affected by redundancy is always invited to apply for other opportunities in the company."
The maths goes something like this: 934 minus 700. We're still down 234 jobs! The UK shouldn't be popping the champagne corks for HP anytime soon.