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Exclusive: Hundreds of jobs to go at Vodafone Newbury

Staff at company's headquarters put at risk as company 'simplifies business structure'

Newbury Vodafone to shed 250 jobs

HUNDREDS of staff at Vodafone’s UK headquarters in Newbury are set to be made redundant. 

The Newbury Weekly News has learned that the telecommunications firm has placed staff at risk of redundancy and that employees, mainly in project management, managerial and functional roles, are affected.

Vodafone would not say exactly how many of its 4,500 staff at Newbury were at risk, but confirmed the number was in ‘the low hundreds’.

The roles at risk affect a limited number of frontline staff.

A Vodafone spokesman said: “We continually review our costs to ensure we have an efficient, sustainable and agile organisation.

“As a result, while we created hundreds of new roles within our UK-based customer services team last year, with more to follow this year, we are simplifying some of our business structures over the next couple of months.

“We will be working with all those affected to support them through this period.”

Last year, Vodafone axed around 250 staff as it cut part of its corporate functions department in an effort to refocus on its frontline team.

A source at Vodafone said the latest round of redundancies was rumoured to be higher than those made last year. 

Question marks over the future of Vodafone were raised following the result of the EU referendum last year. 

Following the vote to leave, a spokesperson said that the firm could not rule out the possibility of moving its London HQ to Europe in the wake of an exit from the EU, but said it had no plans to move the Newbury base.

“As we said before the referendum, we remain committed to supporting our UK customers regardless as to the outcome, now and in the future.”

A Vodafone spokesperson said again yesterday (Wednesday): “We remain fully committed to the UK, our UK customers and to Newbury.”

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  • wavydave

    13/03/2017 - 14:02

    Its an open industry secret that Vodafone UK is up for sale but given the problems it has no-one wants to buy it. So what you have instead is literally Vodafone UK's death by a 1000 cuts (if you total the redundancies in recent years). The call centre hires are just a smokescreen. Hope the people made redundant find new jobs soon

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  • wavydave

    13/03/2017 - 14:02

    Its an open industry secret that Vodafone UK is up for sale but given the problems it has no-one wants to buy it. So what you have instead is literally Vodafone UK's death by a 1000 cuts (if you total the redundancies in recent years). The call centre hires are just a smokescreen. Hope the people made redundant find new jobs soon

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  • ExNewbury

    11/03/2017 - 00:12

    I'm not sure why there are 15 smiles for this story! Having been through redundancy a number of times, it's a horrible situation to be in not only for the individual concerned, but for their families as well. This also means a potential loss of 250 people/families who contribute to the local economy. I hope they find new positions sooner rather than later.

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  • NoisyNortherner

    10/03/2017 - 10:10

    I'm struggling to understand how anyone can be surprised by this. Vodafone seem to be in a constant cycle of redundancies. From my experience in the sector, this is not entirely surprising, however Vodafone seem to have a knack for treating their employees like dirt when they do have a round of redundancies. This sucks for the people affected though, especially with the job market how it is at present.

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