VODAFONE is set to create about 100 customer service jobs in Glasgow as part of the biggest expansion of its workforce for years.

The telecoms giant said its third-party customer service partners will create close to 200 further jobs in the west of Scotland.

Overall, Vodafone itself plans to take on 2,100 staff. In addition to Glasgow, there will be about 800 new jobs in Manchester, almost 150 in Newark, Nottinghamshire and more than 150 in Stoke-on-Trent.

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Customer service partners will employ 600 people in Newcastle upon Tyne and 100 in Cardiff.

Vodafone UK chief executive Nick Jeffery said: “These new, skilled roles will make a real difference to our customers and a real difference to the communities that are the focus of our customer services investment.

Our ambition is to give our customers the best experience possible, providing an outstanding level of service and support.”

Vodafone said the new jobs will enhance the quality of service for its 18 million UK customers as part of a three-year, £2 billion investment programme in its network and services.