Computer game maker Codemasters is to create over 125 new jobs across the Midlands, with 25 to be placed in its Birmingham office, and others elsewhere in the region – and a local business investment group is backing more firms in the sector to bring on new staff soon.
Simon Miles, talent acquisition manager at Codemasters, says: “The skilled talent pool in Birmingham, along with the support available for developers in the area, and across the Midlands generally has created a dynamic and creative local business community.
“We are looking to recruit staff from the region as well as enticing some new employees into the city as well.”
The Birmingham region is home to more than 12,500 digital and technology firms – from SMEs to global brands – and employs nearly a quarter of the UK games workforce.
Sarah Darch, investment manager at Business Birmingham, adds: “That a global name like Codemasters is expanding here demonstrates that the gaming industry is taking the Birmingham area seriously as a place to locate and grow their businesses.
“With so much happening in the city right now, I expect that a number of other games developers will follow in Codemasters footsteps and look to establish a presence and expand their here.”