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Optus cuts Alphawest staff

Optus cuts Alphawest staff

The telco wanted to cut down duplicate roles and improve operational efficiency

Optus has confirmed it has made a number of staff from its subsidiary IT services business, Alphawest, redundant.

According to an Optus spokesperson, 56 jobs were cut across Optus Business and Alphawest two weeks ago. Optus could not specify how many redundancies were made in the Alphawest unit specifically.

Improving operational efficiencies, reducing duplicate roles and removing functions that were no longer needed were cited as reasons for the cuts. Redundancies were made across all levels of the two businesses.

"Optus regularly reviews its structures and the strategies required to best meet the needs of its customers and ensure the business reaches its annual targets,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

“While we cannot rule out further changes to staff numbers in the future, no further redundancies are planned at this time.”

The company claims it is trying to find new employment opportunities for staff that have been effected. This includes redeployment options through Optus’ employee assistance program.


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