HUNDREDS of new high-tech jobs are likely to be created by entrepreneur James Dyson in a £2.75 billion investment in advanced robotics over the next five years.

The company has announced plans to create a major robotics centre at its Hullavington Airfield facility to work on new types of domestic robots capable of household chores and other tasks.

Over the past six months, Dyson has been secretly refitting one of the main aircraft hangars at Hullavington Airfield to prepare for 250 roboticists to move into their new home.

The master plan is to create the UK's largest, most advanced, robotics centre at Hullavington Airfield and to bring the technology into our homes by the end of the decade.

New recruits will be based at Hullavington Airfield in Wiltshire, a new London laboratory close to the Dyson Robotics Lab at Imperial College, and Singapore at Dyson’s global headquarters.

Its latest robotics makeover is the next stage in Dyson’s £2.75 billion investment plan in new technologies, products and facilities; £600 million of which is to be spent this year.

The secret R&D work at Hullavington Airfield in Wiltshire is being led by Dyson’s Chief Engineer Jake Dyson who said: “Dyson employed its first roboticist 20 years ago and this year alone we are seeking 250 more experts for our team.

“This is a ‘big bet’ on future robotic technology that will drive research across the whole of Dyson, in areas including mechanical engineering, vision systems, machine learning and energy storage. We need the very best people in the world to come and join us now.”

Dyson unveiled its plans at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Philadelphia, USA.

The company says it is half-way through the largest engineering recruitment drive in its history. Up to 2,000 people have joined the tech company this year, of which 50 per cent are engineers, scientists, and coders.

Dyson is now supercharging its robotics ambitions, with its plans to recruit 250 robotics engineers across disciplines including computer vision, machine learning, sensors and mechatronics, and expects to hire 700 more in the robotics field over the next five years.

Until now, Dyson’s robots have been floor-based vacuum cleaners – the first of which, the DC06, was designed 20 years ago.