EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom


Sector: Information / communication
61 - Telecommunications
Number Employed: 13000
Group: France Telecom

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 04-05-2006
Planned Job Reductions min: 1800
Planned Job Reductions max: 2000
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring

Additional Information

Mobile phone operator Orange is planning to cut between 1,800 and 2,000 UK jobs in a drive to reduce costs. The French-owned firm said it wanted to reduce its costs by 15% as it adapted to 'customer needs in an increasingly competitive environment'. Chief executive Bernard Ghillebaert said that employees 'would be treated with dignity and respect consistent with our values'. Full details of where the cuts will fall will be announced in September. The company plans to integrate its Wanadoo broadband business with the Orange mobile phone operations.