Virgin Media to axe 2,200 staff


Virgin Media has announced it is to shed 2,200 jobs by 2012 as it overhauls the group’s operations.

The cuts, which will amount to 15 per cent of the group’s workforce, are expected to happen between the fourth quarter of 2009 and the end of 2010.

No figures were given for specific areas of the group’s business.

“These changes are critical to ensuring Virgin Media is positioned to compete effectively and deliver on our customers’ changing expectations,” said Virgin Media chief executive Neil Berkett.

“Over the coming weeks and months, we will be developing more detailed proposals for their implementation.

“We recognise that this brings with it significant uncertainty for our people and the communities where they work. Throughout the process, we will be communicating as early and openly as we can.”

The Communications Workers Union (CWU) reacted angrily to the news and said it was contacting the company to seek assurances regarding jobs.

“This announcement has come as a complete shock to the CWU,” said CWU deputy general secretary Andy Kerr. “We have not been advised by the company about these job losses.
“We are extremely disappointed at the way Virgin Media has made this surprise announcement which will be very damaging for staff morale.”

The cuts are part of plans by Virgin Media to save £120 million in costs over the next four years.