EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Virgin Media

Company/Organisation:
Virgin Media

Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s): Bradford and Birmingham

Company

Sector: Information / communication
Telecommunications
61 - Telecommunications
Group: Liberty Global

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 16-06-2014
Planned Job Reductions min: 138
Planned Job Reductions max: 138
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring

Additional Information

Telecommunications company Virgin Media is to cut 138 jobs at its centres in Bradford and Birmingham. 50 jobs will be lost in Birmingham and 88 jobs will be lost in Bradford. It is reported that the cuts are most likely to affect office roles within the company. 

The communication workers union (CWU) issued a statement condemning the job cuts and noted that these latest job cuts come after the company has just undergone a significant restructuring process lasting several years. The union also said that the move was an attempt to outsource jobs to Banglaore, India. 

The company has said that there will be consultation before any job losses take effect, including discussions around relocation or redeployment within the group.  The company hopes to achieve the job reductions by means of voluntary redundancies and not replacing leavers. The time scale for the consultation has not been reported.