Vodafone will slash its back office workforce by 375 from this month, but will add 170 frontline staff and 50 graduates from September.
The cuts, exclusively revealed by Mobile
yesterday (8 March), will take place across a number of locations.
In a statement, Vodafone said: 'Vodafone UK will reduce its total number of employees by 375 roles from March 2010. The roles affected are in a number of areas, across a number of locations, primarily in back office functions. There will also be additional changes as further efficiencies and natural attrition in these functions take effect.'
The company will hire 170 people in customer facing roles and will select 50 graduates to start in September from over 3,000 who have applied to its UK graduate programme.
Matthew Brearley, HR director of Vodafone UK, said: 'We're committed to increasing the number of customer facing employees, which will help us simplify our business and continue to deliver outstanding communications services across the UK's best network.'