Politicians look to Sky for 500 jobs

POLITICIANS from across the divide in Sheffield have welcomed the prospect of 500 jobs at a Sky customer service centre due to open in Sheffield in July.

The complex for the giant entertainment and communications company will take calls regarding Sky’s TV, Talk and Broadband services. Once fully operational it is expected to deal with up to 9,000 customer calls per day.

No location is being given at this stage other than the city centre but recruitment is beginning for the company’s seventh customer centre base in the UK

Chris Stylianou, director of Sky Customer Contact Centres, said: “We have picked Sheffield for its pool of talented prospective employees and its good transport links.”

Liberal Democrat council leader Paul Scriven said: “Over 500 new multi-skilled jobs will be produced; creating roles for many people within the city and proving that Sky has confidence in the people of Sheffield and their skills, knowledge and enterprise.

“At a time when Sheffield’s future is dependent on private sector growth, this investment by Sky shows that the private sector has faith in the city and that Sheffield is really open for business and has the right support for businesses such as Sky to grow and be successful.”

Sheffield Central Labour MP Paul Blomfield said: “This will be a very timely boost to the local economy.”