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Thales is a global technology leader for the defence, security, aerospace and transport markets. In 2011 the company generated revenues of £11.4 bn, with 67,000 employees in 56 countries. With its 22,500 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design, develop and deploy equipment, systems and services that meet the most complex security requirements.

Thales has an exceptional international footprint, with operations around the world working with customers and local partners. Thales UK employs 8,000 staff based at 35 locations. In 2011 Thales UK's revenues were around £1.4 bn.

Which areas are you focusing your recruitment on over the next five years?

We expect to focus on recruiting engineering graduates as well as professional hires, particularly in software engineering, systems engineering, and safety.

How has EngineeringUK helped your understanding of the education and skills agenda in the UK?

We draw useful information from EngineeringUK’s annual report on the state of engineering and their findings on effective activities has helped to inform our STEM outreach strategy.