Confusion surrounds the number of job cuts planned at
Telecoms union Prospect claims that it was told this
morning by Vodafone employee relations manager David Dunwoody
that over 500 jobs would go at the Newbury-based operator.
However Vodafone CEO Guy Laurence wrote to employees today stating that
'around 375' back office jobs were set to go at the firm.
A Vodafone press statement followed which said: 'Vodafone UK
will reduce its total number of employees by 375 roles from March
A Prospect spokesman said: 'We are getting three contradictory
stories from Vodafone and we want clarification on what the real
figure is. As it is HR that makes the decision on the head count
those are the figures we are going on, until we are told
The spokesman added: 'It is important for Vodafone to be clear in
these situations when jobs are at stake. What we need are precise
figures but at the moment we dont know how many people are going,
where they are going from and when they are going.'
Asked if the figure exceeded 500 jobs, a Vodafone spokeswoman
said that '375 people are to leave' and 170 new roles created as
well as 50 graduates joining in September.
She added: 'If you are looking for a new figure which could
include leavers and new roles it would be 205. If you put the
grads in the mix is it 50 lower still. However, bearing in mind
the time frames as above, this is not realistic. 545 makes no
sense to us here.'
In response to Prospect's claim, she added: 'The figure
we are using is 375. I would dispute Prospect were told 500 as
this is not correct.'
A Prospect spokesman said: 'As far as we are concerned it is
500 plus and until HR tell us otherwise that is the figure we are
going on. Obviously it would be better if it is 375 but we need
In an email to Vodafone staff today CEO Guy Laurence said: 'I want to let you know
about some changes we are making in our business today which will
result in the loss of around 375 roles from March 2010.'
He appeared to raise the possibility of more cuts, adding: 'There
will also be further changes as we make our business more
Laurence went on: 'Decisions like this are never easy but we
need to simplify our business.' He added that the aim was
'to build a stronger, more competitive company.'