Jobs hope for Talk Talk staff as 150 new vacancies open up
AXED workers at Talk Talk are being thrown a lifeline by prospective employers looking to recruit 150 staff for call centre jobs.
There are positions vacant in several call centres around the country, and bosses are eager to capitalise on the skills of the Talk Talk workers who are being made redundant within a month.
But the majority of successful applicants will have to undertake long journeys to work if they accept these new positions.
The Irish Independent understands that up to 50pc of the jobs will be Dublin-based, with others in Limerick, Cork and Kilkenny. It is understood that only a small number of jobs will be based in Waterford.
A jobs fair, organised by the Contact Centre Management Association (CCMA), begins at the Talk Talk centre at 11.30am today.
After it emerged that 575 workers were to be laid off, the CCMA immediately contacted all members in their association to see what vacancies they had.
As of last night, it had reached a total figure of about 150 jobs within call centres across the country, involving 14 companies.
It is understood the pay scale of the jobs on offer broadly reflects salaries at Talk Talk -- with the majority of workers on a basic of between €18,000 and €28,000.
Workers last night expressed relief of the opportunity to apply for new jobs. Alan Butler said: "It's very positive, I'll be there tomorrow and really hope some good will come out of this."
Today, more than 10 CCMA companies will participate in the jobs fair and inform Talk Talk workers of vacant positions . Representatives from O2, UPC, SouthWestern, VoxPro, Intellicon and Sage Ireland will be on site.
Others who have identified suitable vacancies for Talk Talk staff include Airtricity, Eircom, FEXCO, Gift Voucher Shop, IFA Telecom, paddypower.com, PayPal, Vodafone and Xerox.
CCMA managing director Dorothy O'Byrne said the Talk Talk employees had the skills for the vacant positions.
"These are real jobs. They are based nationwide. The workers in Waterford have the experience and the knowledge -- that is why we are going there."