Orange to cut 370 UK jobs

Orange is cutting 370 jobs to “maintain structural efficiency” during the economic downturn.

The France Telecom SA-owned mobile operator, which emplos approximately 12,000 people in the UK, said 100 redundancies will be made over the next three months. The remaining 270 will be taken from unfilled vacancies as well as potentially other existing roles from non-specific departments.

A company statement read, “The reason for this change is that, as part of our strategy to improve, grow and evolve the company, we are continually looking at the operation to ensure we are operating in the most efficient way possible. This is the next step in that agenda, making sure that Orange fulfills its true potential as a company.

“At the same time, while we find ourselves in a strong and solid financial position, we are also acutely aware of the difficult economic conditions around us, which makes it event more important to ensure that we keep our focus on the appropriate levels of administration, minimising bureaucracy, stopping duplication and maintaining structural efficiency,” it continued.

In March the company revealed Orange UK grew its 2008 revenues grew by 6.3% year on year to €5.6bn (£4.78bn), while broadband subscribers had increased to 3.3m, an 86% annual increase.

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