Dyson on recruitment drive
12:10am Thursday 5th September 2013 in Latest News
Dyson is looking to recruit 250 new engineers in the UK to develop pioneering new gadgets.
The Malmesbury-based firm is taking on 650 new workers across the globe, after announcing a 19 per cent growth in profit to £364 million.
The company, founded by Sir James Dyson, said growth was driven by surging demand for its lightweight, battery-powered vacuum cleaners, which have small digital motors.
Sir James, who founded the company in 1993, said: "We are growing because of continuing robust investment in research and development.
"We have been developing Dyson digital motors in Malmesbury for 15 years and we are now harnessing them to make smaller, more efficient machines."
Turnover grew 17 per cent to £1.24 billion in 2012, with strong demand across Germany, Japan, Russia, France, Spain, Australia and New Zealand.
The group is bolstering its engineering workforce by 45 per cent, recruiting specialists in design, mechanics, software, acoustics, electronics and motors.
They will add to its army of more than 1,500 scientists and engineers, who make up a third of Dyson's total 4,500-strong workforce.
About 850 engineers are based at its Malmesbury headquarters.
Chief executive Max Conze said: "We've delivered growth amidst tough competition and in challenging conditions.
"Our sights are set on expanding in Asia and Latin America and bringing Dyson technology to more people across China. Good technology is something people want around the world."
Dyson ploughed £70.3 million from its 2011 profits into research and development during the year, and in February opened a new £150 million manufacturing site in Singapore to increase its manufacturing capacity by 200 per cent.
It controversially moved its manufacturing to Malaysia a decade ago, and its products are now sold in 67 countries.