Leeds firm celebrates hundreds of technology jobs as new office opens

11 Sep 2012

Leeds-based health technology company EMIS is celebrating a jobs bonanza with the opening of new offices to help accommodate nearly 300 more staff, recruited since the beginning of the year.

EMIS – the UK market leader in GP software – has taken on 289 staff this year to meet growing demand for its pioneering software, which is used by 52% of GP practices in the UK to hold patients’ medical records and support their care. It is still recruiting for a further 43 positions.

Yesterday local MP Stuart Andrew officially opened EMIS’ new offices, just five minutes from the other two offices that make up EMIS’ healthcare campus in Rawdon, North Leeds.

The Pudsey MP toured the new building and had a hands-on trial of EMIS software, including the award-winning system EMIS Web, which allows different healthcare professionals to access vital patient information at the point of care.

He said: “‘I was delighted to have been invited to open the new offices of EMIS and to see the work carried out by the company first hand. The number of jobs created by EMIS has been a real boost to the local economy and I wish them every success in the future.”

Rawdon House, built on seven floors, is the new home for 408 staff at EMIS, which now employs a total of 1,249 people.

Chief Executive of EMIS, Sean Riddell, said: “EMIS is very proud of its Yorkshire roots, and Leeds has become a major base for developing and delivering healthcare technology in the UK.

“Our new people will be supporting us in our continuing drive to help the NHS provide better care through cutting-edge technology. We have been delighted with the very high calibre of candidates coming forward, and are still actively recruiting, with the vast majority of positions based in Leeds.”

EMIS’s job boost was welcomed by Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council. He said: “It's great news that EMIS is in such a strong position. The expansion of this innovative company is providing excellent job opportunities to local Leeds people, and enhancing the city's reputation as a great place for economic investment.”

EMIS’s expansion has also brought good news for local catering firm LMR, which was chosen from a number of local businesses to run the Rawdon House café, eatin@emis. A small family business, LMR already runs the Place Ont Corner café in Rawdon.