Vodafone to keep its Stoke-On-Trent offices

Upto 2,700 Vodafone workers will be asked to relocate or face redundancy, as the mobile phone operator restructures its UK business. Smaller offices will be closed, with work concentrated in larger hubs in London, Manchester and Newbury – which is set to receive a £10m spending boost. Around 350 Glasgow workers were told on Tuesday that jobs are to be relocated to three main centres in Manchester, Stoke-on-Trent and Newbury in Berkshire. to 2,700 Vodafone workers will be asked to relocate or face redundancy, as the mobile phone operator restructures its UK business. Smaller offices will be closed, with work concentrated in larger hubs in London, Manchester and Newbury – which is set to receive a £10m spending boost. Around 350 Glasgow workers were told on Tuesday that jobs are to be relocated to three main centres in Manchester, Stoke-on-Trent and Newbury in Berkshire.

The plan will involve the closure of smaller offices, notably a hub in Bracknell that Vodafone acquired as part of its takeover of Cable & Wireless, with work centralised in larger offices in London, Newbury and Manchester. Workers that cannot relocate will leave Vodafone but the company expects its overall staff numbers to remain broadly similar after the restructuring as it replaces people that leave.

Vodafone will spend £10m in Newbury, its historic headquarters, to boost its network operations centre to embed the fixed-line operations that are run out of Bracknell. A number of consumer and digital roles will however leave Newbury and be relocated to London where the company has established a large presence to attract younger workers. Customer service staff in Glasgow, Scotland will move to Manchester.

Vodafone has been on a cost purge after Nick Read took over as chief executive late last year. Mr Read, who was previously chief financial officer, said it would cut 1,700 roles in Egypt, Romania and India as part of a drive to strip €8bn of costs from the business. It also said this month that it would cut 1,200 jobs in Spain.

A spokesman for Vodafone said that the UK reshuffle was not driven by headcount reduction plans but instead to make the telecoms company a more attractive company for digital workers. “We want to build a business that is fit for the future and remains a major UK employer that can compete with the large overseas internet giants and to become the UK’s leading digital tech and communications company,” he said.