Letter: Globalisation of hi-tech jobs

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Sir: The Independent today reported comments made by the GMB union about British Airways' creation of jobs in India ("British Airways exports data processing work to India", 13 June).

The report does not reflect our commitment to employment in the UK. We employ 46,000 people in this country and we have created 2,000 new jobs in the UK over the past year.

We compete globally, operating in 83 countries. More than 50 per cent of our revenue is generated outside the UK. Ensuring that we are competitive in everything we do and pursuing appropriate opportunities wherever they arise are essential to maintaining our success and to preserv ing jobs in the UK.

MERVYN WALKER

Director of Human Resources

British Airways

Heathrow Airport

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