6/26/2009 11:04:00 AM
Orange cuts 100 job and removes 270 roles
Orange is set to make 100 redundancies and axe 270 roles, the operator announced this week.
The operator said the 270 roles, will be shaken out through removing vacancies, ‘natural attrition’ and through reviewing departments and positions across the business.
It comes on the back of Orange cutting 500 jobs last summer, and the company said it was looking to make the business more efficient for the remainder of the year.
Orange’s most recent financial results have showed slow if steady progress in tough market conditions. Revenue declined 0.6% in the first quarter of this year compared with the same quarter the previous year, dropping to £1.12bn. It has put a pressure on all networks to cut costs to maintain profitability and margins.
CEO Tom Alexander spelled out his intention to make the company more efficient, after he carried out a six month review when he joined in January last year. He set out his plan, stressing the priority to remove duplicated roles and cutting unnecessary bureaucracy.
Orange also closed its offices in St Albans with 185 staff. The company claimed the intention was to remove the office rather than the people, adding that the majority of staff were relocated to its offices in London and Bristol.
The company was also keen to put the job cuts in context, stating that they continue to have a large workforc of 12,000.
Separately, Alexander has stressed the importance of not cutting jobs that directly impact on customers. The operator claimed it added 500 jobs over the last year, as it opened more shops and invested more in its call centres.
Vodafone, T-Mobile, O2 and 3 have all also been undergoing structural reviews and cutting jobs over the last two years.