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February
2019
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07:51
Europe/Amsterdam

BT Group contributes £4bn to South East economy

Summary
BT Group is responsible for generating £1 in every £60 produced in the South East’s economy, according to an independent report published today.

BT Group is responsible for generating £1 in every £60 produced in the South East’s economy, according to an independent report published today.

‘The Economic Impact of BT Group plc in the UK’ report, by Hatch Regeneris, shows that the communications company generated a £4.1bn billion contribution – expressed as “Gross Value Added” (GVA)* – to the South East’s economy during the 2017/18 financial year.

The report estimates that the equivalent of 42,300 full-time jobs in the South East are supported through BT’s direct employment, its spending with contractors and suppliers and the spending of its employees.

BT Group directly employs 7,982 people in the South East region, with a further 2,630 employed as contractors. This is equivalent to one in every 60 employees working in the South East’s private sector, reinforcing its position as one of the region’s leading employers.

The Group also spent nearly £2.5bn with suppliers based in the South East.

Across the UK, BT Group directly employed 94,800 people (FTE) and supported an estimated total of 290,000 full-time jobs. It also generated, in total, almost £23bn (£22.8bn) to the UK economy.

Tim Fanning, Director at Hatch Regeneris, said: “Our analysis underlines how vast BT Group’s contribution is to the UK economy, particularly across the nations and regions.

“BT Group is almost unique in contributing to the economies of virtually every community across the UK, supporting significant levels of GVA spend and employment opportunities per region.”

The report from Hatch Regeneris comes in addition to a recent report by PWC1 which highlighted that BT Group is the 5th highest tax contributor in the UK among FTSE 100 companies, and the highest contributor among non-financial companies. The PWC report also identified BT as the largest capital expenditure investor in the UK.

Stacey King, BT Group Regional Director, London and South East, said: “The South East is a strategically important part of the country for BT Group. Not only does BT connect friends, families and businesses across the UK, but we also put premium fuel in the tank of the nation’s economy. The report shows that BT generates £1 in every £60 of wealth in the South East.

“We’re proud to be one of the region’s largest private sector employers and investors. Our investments, including the latest 5G mobile technology through our mobile network EE, will ensure the UK continues to be one of the world’s best-connected economies.

“With more than 10,000 people directly employed in the South East, spending their salaries in local businesses, as well as regularly volunteering on activities such as our Barefoot tech literacy programme in schools, our people are at the heart of nearly every community.”

The report includes the contribution of all parts of BT Group, including Openreach, mobile network provider EE and BT’s Consumer and Enterprise divisions.

The report highlights that, across the South East in 2017/18, BT Group:

Directly employed a total of 10,600 people (FTE, including contractors) and supported an estimated 42,300 full-time jobs

Spent £2.5bn (£2,580 million) with suppliers based in the South East

Generated £4.1bn (£4,100 million) total GVA impact (including indirect and induced effects)

Directly employed 1 in every 280 employees in the private sector across the South East, and 1 in every 20 in the IT and Communications sectors

Supported £1 in every £60 of GVA in the South East’s economy and 1 in every 60 employees working in the region’s private sector.

Across the UK in 2017/18, BT Group:

Directly employed 94,800 people (FTE) and supported an estimated total of 290,000 full-time jobs

Employees committed more than 37,000 volunteering days to worthy causes

Spent £510 million on research and development, making it one of the UK’s top investors in innovation

The full report is available at: www.bt.com/reports

ENDS

Notes to Editors

*Gross Value Added (GVA) measures the value of all goods and services produced in an economy. GVA combines wages and operating profits from companies and other organisations. Growing GVA can reflect improvements in workforce skills, productivity, R&D and innovation. The figures for BT show the value added directly through BT's services and additional value generated through BT's suppliers across the nations and regions.

1 PWC Total Tax Contribution of UK FTSE100 companies 2018. BT is:

5th highest contributor (amongst FTSE100 respondents) of UK taxes (borne and collected) – with the 4 slots above BT occupied by banks (HSBC, Lloyds, Barclays, RBS);

4th highest payer of UK wages and salaries;

2nd highest overall distributor of “value” into the UK, where value is the sum of taxes borne, taxes collected, wages and salaries paid, interest paid, and equity returns (which are available for reinvestment, dividends and pension deficit payments) ;

Highest capex investor.