Fortis Insurance has opened a second office in Tollgate, Chandlers Ford to handle the firm’s increasing growth and expanding workforce.
Fortis, which already has more than 1,000 employees in Tollgate, has acquired office space in Turnpike House, opposite its current offices.
The new office follows the announcement that the firm is to hire a further 100 employees on the back of rapid organic growth.
Fortis UK Chief Executive Officer Barry Smith has said that the new office would be a fantastic home for the firm’s staff, and added his delight at being able to hire more people from the local area.
In January that Fortis announced it was embarking upon a recruitment drive, to hire 100 new employees for its offices in Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, for jobs including finance, compliance, administrative support, claims negotiators and team leaders/supervisors.
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Hmapshire Corporate park is also home to another major insurance employer – Aviva.
Service sector jobs, susch as these in the insurance industry, are slowly replacing the traditional manufacturing jobs which previously sustained Eastleigh and are drivind far reaching demographic changes.
Pubs and working mens clubs are closing (or getting burnt down) to be replaced by restaurants and health clubs.
Although these new jobs are fantastic news they are unlikely to alleviate unemployment among the working class who are concentrated in the Town Centre.