US firm eyes planned infrastructure boom

US engineering giant Jacobs has begun a recruitment drive which will add more than 2,000 staff to its payroll over the next two years.

The firm’s roll-call of jobs in currently includes the scheme to overhaul the Palace of Westminster (pictured) as well as HS2 and Crossrail.

The Dallas-based firm has more than 9,000 staff in the UK and plans to hire another 2,400 between now and 2021.


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Jacobs president Bob Pragada said: “Britain is a critical market for Jacobs. This investment is an indication of our ongoing confidence in the UK economy and its long-term infrastructure plans.”

The firm announced the news as it opened a new European headquarters at the Cottons Centre, near London Bridge.

Two years ago it bought US rival CH2M which rose to prominence in the UK more than a decade ago after being picked to project manage the 2012 London Olympics as part of the CLM consortium which also include Laing O’Rourke and Mace.