SAS sets out Scottish staff recruitment plans
US business analytics firm plans to create 94 jobs north of the border over the next four years.
US software firm SAS is to create 94 new jobs over the next four years in Scotland by expanding its research facilities and launching a new Advanced Analytics lab.
Along with the new jobs, SAS also plans to safeguard its current 126 employee-base in Scotland.
The company makes business analytics software and claims to be the largest independent vendor operating in the business intelligence market.
"Scotland offers international companies a well-educated and trained workforce, competitive infrastructure and supportive government agencies, and this investment by SAS is a terrific example of how that international reputation pays off," said First Minister Alex Salmond.
Salmond met with senior SAS representatives in New York while promoting his Scotland Week programme, which is designed to boost investment and employment in Scotland through business and trade meetings.
The project is supported by 1.3 million from Scottish Development International (SDI), which is a partnership between Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, and Highlands and Island's Enterprise.
"Scotland Week offers an important opportunity to meet companies such as SAS and to encourage even more of this type of job creation in Scotland," Salmond said.
Mikael Hagstrom, SAS executive vice president for EMEA and Asia Pacific, said SAS is proud to be ramping up its presence in Scotland.
"The initial investments allowed SAS to see the real Scottish potential with access to the excellent pool of talent form Scottish universities and its strong culture of innovation," he said.
"Our plans for the new SAS facility further underline our commitment to investing in Scotland," he continued.
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