Smart Education in UK : ScotRail to create 100 new train driver jobs

A NATIONWIDE recruitment drive will create up to 100 new train driver jobs across Scotland.

But more than 60 IT jobs in Glasgow are at risk with an accountancy giant planning to move operations overseas.

ScotRail says it needs drivers at locations including Glasgow, Gourock, Helensburgh, Ayr, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Inverness, Perth, Stirling and Tweedbank.

Phil Verster, Scotrail Alliance managing director, said: "We are investing in Scotland's railways by modernising trains, expanding timetables and adding journey options and recruiting a large group of new drivers is vital to make these improvements possible."

Trainee drivers will be paid £24,600 during their first year of training increasing to £43,200 after a probationary period.

Transport Minister Derek Mackay said the Scottish Government is investing £5billoion to upgrade trains, track and services across the country.

He added: "The staff who keep our railways running are a key asset and I am delighted to launch this unprecedented, nationwide recruitment driver that will create up to 100 new train driver jobs.

"This recruitment campaign will support the delivery of Scottish jobs in the industry and means we are able to continue to operate a world-class railway in the future."

In Glasgow, 64 IT staff employed by accountancy giant EY, formerly known as Ernst and Young, are facing redundancy.

They are based in the firm's Pacific House base in Wellington Street and provide internal support for staff.

However a decision to move some of the firm's global IT functions overseas means the jobs of 80 EY employees in the UK are at risk - 64 of them in Glasgow.

A spokeswoman said: "As with all organisations, we regularly review our business and staffing structures to keep the firm operationally fit.

"Following an ongoing review of our core business services function, we have taken the decision to offshore some of the activities currently provided by our IT global operations function.

"There are 80 people in the UK who will be put at risk of redundancy as a result of these changes. We will look to redeploy people to other internal roles where appropriate."

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