Microsoft pledges 4,000 UK jobs

The software giant promises to help plug the gap caused by public sector job cuts.

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Microsoft has pledged an extra 4,000 jobs for UK workers after a meeting with the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street.

David Cameron gathered a number of private sector companies in an attempt to get guarantees of employment for the UK hoping to make up for the upcoming job cuts in the public sector.

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Whilst retail was heavily represented, Microsoft was the only company flying the flag for the technology sector. However, it made large scale promises of employment as part of its "Britain Works" programme, originally launched in 2009.

"Microsoft's Britain Works does two things," said Gordon Frazer, managing director of Microsoft UK. "Firstly it creates new jobs in the form of highly skilled apprenticeships and opportunities for entrepreneurs to start new businesses. Secondly it provides IT training to give people the right skills for existing vacancies."

"Microsoft's apprenticeships train unemployed young people from Job Centre Plus as technical support staff employed in our partner network, with support from the National Apprenticeship Service."

Frazer claimed these apprenticeships will now be extended into technical sales and software development divisions in Spring of this year.

"In 2011, Microsoft expects its Britain Works programme to generate 4,000 new jobs, in addition to the 9,000 new jobs created since launch in 2009," he added.

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A statement from Downing Street claimed 300,000 jobs had already been created in the private sector over the past six months and this was helping keep British people in work whilst the Government "rebalanced the economy."

Cameron said: "We can only get our economy back on track by creating a climate in which the private sector can grow and develop, creating jobs and opportunities for people across the country."

"This year the Government is determined to help deliver many thousands of new jobs and I'm delighted that the companies joining me today are part of that."

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