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Monday 5 December 2016

500 Virgin Media jobs under threat

Published 21/01/2016 | 13:52

The company said around 900 UK jobs were at risk of redundancy over the next two years as it launched a group-wide overhaul. Photo: Nick Ansell/PA Wire
The company said around 900 UK jobs were at risk of redundancy over the next two years as it launched a group-wide overhaul. Photo: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Around 900 UK jobs are under threat at telecoms giant Virgin Media after it announced plans for a group-wide overhaul.

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The group, which is owned by US giant Liberty Global, warned the redundancies were likely over the next two years as part of a structural shake-up.

Tom Mockridge, chief executive of Virgin Media, said: "The proposed reorganisation will give us an even sharper focus on the customer, network expansion and business growth."

Virgin Media said customer services will be reviewed as part of its overhaul, but said it could not give a breakdown of job losses by department or location as staff consultations are ongoing.

The broadband and mobile group has offices throughout the UK, with a head office in Hook, Hampshire, where it employs around 1,200.

It also has major sites at Hammersmith in London and in Birmingham.

Some impacted staff will be transferred to other roles as the group looks to expand in other areas.

Mr Mockridge insisted the group is still "expanding, investing and growing".

It aims to increase its workforce of directly employed and outsourced staff from 23,000 last year to 25,000 in 2016, and 26,000 in 2017.

But some of the new roles will be outsourced to firms in the UK, across Europe and worldwide.

A Virgin Media spokesman said the overhaul is about "making sure we've got the right people in the right areas".

He added: "It's not a cost-cutting exercise, it's about tightening up the ship."

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