ブリティッシュテレコムがロンドン中心部から本部移転 1万3千人の職員削減: ずくなしの冷や水

2018年05月11日

ブリティッシュテレコムがロンドン中心部から本部移転 1万3千人の職員削減

FARSNEWS2018/5/10
BT to Axe 13,000 Jobs, Leave Central London HQ in Bid to Cut Costs
TEHRAN (FNA)- Thousands of well-paid London jobs have been placed at risk after BT said it will shut the global headquarters in the City where it has been based for more than 140 years.

The telecoms giant is axing a total of 13,000 management and back-office jobs over three years as part of a massive drive to cut costs and boost profits, Evening Standard reported.

It is the biggest jobs cull at BT for almost a decade and far larger than City analysts had been expecting.

In a highly symbolic move, chief executive Gavin Patterson ordered the HQ − which stands on the site near St Paul’s where Guglielmo Marconi made the first public transmission of wireless signals in 1896 − to be sold.

About 2,100 staff work in the Newgate Street premises known as BT Centre, which was rebuilt in the Eighties after the original Victorian building was badly damaged in the Blitz.

The company’s single best-known building, the BT Tower in Fitzrovia, is not affected by the shake-up.

Patterson said the cuts, which will save £1.5 billion a year, would help transform the company − now known for its coverage of Premier League and Champions League football − into “a lean and agile organisation” capable of taking on digital competitors. It also announced it will hire 6,000 people for engineering and customer service roles.

City analysts welcome the “long-overdue” move to throw off its legacy as “a bloated, lumbering beast” that dates back to its time as a nationalised monopoly.

BT was privatised and opened up to competition by Margaret Thatcher’s government in 1984.

Lee Wild, head of equity strategy at online traders Interactive Investor, said the streamlining plan “is the kind of action BT shareholders have wanted to see for years”, adding that “BT shares began a slow and painful decline two years ago, more than halving in value to make a five-year low last month.

“Part of the reason for BT’s decline is the inevitable heavy spending needed to upgrade the fibre network with potentially no incremental return,” Wild stressed.

BT shares fell 19p, or eight percent, to 220p after the announcement.

However, union bosses condemned Patterson’s announcement as “a devastating blow.”

“It is particularly disappointing as Prospect has been working closely with BT to ensure that the impact of organisational changes including restructuring and re-organisation have been thoroughly examined but this number sounds unrealistic,” Philippa Childs, National Secretary of the Prospect Union, stated.

BT bosses stressed that the company would keep “a reduced, but still significant”, office presence in central London.

Property sources said BT, which owns the freehold, could raise at least £75 million if it sold the prime City site, or even more if it gained planning permission for new offices.

“The question is what they do with the staff, and whether they decide to move East to Stratford where BT Sport is,” One added.
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