First 100 recruited in Dyson's UK engineering expansion

Dyson has recruited a total of 100 new engineers this year to work on upcoming inventions at its laboratories in Malmesbury, Wiltshire. As Dyson continues to develop new technology, the company says it aims to double the number of engineers from 350 to 700. Half of the new recruits are graduates.

Dyson spends £1million every week on R&D and last year, launched nine new machines – doubling its profits to £190m. Launches this year have included two new Dyson Air Multiplier fans: the AM02 Tower and the AM03 Pedestal.

James Dyson said: "It is vital that Dyson – and the UK – invests in engineering talent to stay ahead. As our need for good design and technology increases, so does the need for creative and adventurous designers, engineers and scientists."

As well as graduates, Dyson is searching for experienced engineers in areas such as microbiology, fluid, mechanical, electrical, electro magnetic compatibility, thermal, acoustic and software engineering.

Stephen Courtney, head of new ideas, said: "We are looking for bright minds to help us develop future Dyson technology. People who are unafraid of experimenting, tackling every stage of the design process and eager to prove their potential."

The recruitment process involves an engineering challenge. Candidates who have never met are given a secret engineering problem to solve as a team. They have to build a prototype and test the solution to destruction. Time is extremely tight, to reflect the fast pace of work across the technology company. Candidates demonstrate their engineering skills and give senior engineers an opportunity to assess group dynamics under pressure.

Dyson filed the second highest number of UK patents after Rolls Royce in 2009 and employs over 2500 people worldwide. The number in the UK is set to rise to 1600.

Chris Shaw

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