Telstra has announced it will shed 1100 jobs as part of a restructure of its Australian operations.
The bulk of the job losses are expected to come from Telstra Operations, the business unit that handles the design, construction, and operation of Telstra's networks, plus the delivery of some customer services.
News of the jobs cuts, which amount to roughly 3 per cent of Telstra's Australian workforce of 30,000, was revealed by BusinessDay's Malcolm Maiden earlier this afternoon.
The jobs will be cut from the business by June 2014 and are part of a sweeping restructure announced by the telco in May.
Telstra’s chief operations officer Brendon Riley said the cuts were aimed at removing duplications from the business as grows its network applications and services division.
‘‘At the time, we said we expected there to be impacts on jobs from these changes, and after reviewing the business over the last few months, today we briefed our people on the expected impacts,’’ he said. “We will work through a careful consultation process with our people and we will do so with the utmost respect and sensitivity."
The reduction equates to approximately 6 per cent of the Telstra Operations workforce.
As reported by Fairfax Media in May, Telstra's restructure will see its operational activities reorganised into five groups, three of which - networks, IT solutions and customer service delivery - would be new.
In July the telco announced it would also be cutting 170 jobs as it shifts part of its back office operations to India.
with Mark Hawthorne