The Ministry of Justice has inked the largest deal for interpreters in Europe, paying £120m for a four year deal with languages company Thebigword, beginning at the end of October.
The MoJ deal comes in addition to a £60m government contract signed in May to provide services to the Home Office, the Ministry of Defence, the NHS, HM Revenue and Customs, UK Border Force and the Department for Work and Pensions.
It means the firm is now recruiting for more than 100 new permanent staff and 3,500 linguists to provide face-to-face and telephone interpreting, as well as translations through online portals.
Thebigword currently employs 550 permanent staff and more than 8,500 linguists, making the recruitment drive a dramatic expansion of operations.
Chief executive Larry Gould, said: "We are extremely proud of the work we do breaking down language barriers around the world every day and are now looking forward to helping deliver justice in the UK.
"It’s also fantastic to be welcoming thousands more skilled linguists to Thebigword family."