CWU welcomes EE decision to bring 1,000 jobs back to UK


The Communication Workers Union also applauded the operator’s plans to triple its apprenticeships programme from 460 trainees to 1,300 by the end of 2015

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has welcomed EE’s announcement this week that it will create over 1,000 new jobs in the UK over the coming 24 months.

The operator said yesterday (February 19) that its customer service assistant recruitment drive will begin in Northern Ireland with 250 jobs created in the spring.

It added the jobs are being brought back to the UK from overseas bases such as the Philippines and India – where its staff base will be cut by 50 per cent.

EE also said it will also triple the size of its apprenticeships programme from 460 trainees to 1,300 by the end of 2015. According to the company, 80 per cent of apprentices to date have been offered permanent roles.

CWU national officer John East said: “This announcement is very welcome. The move will create jobs for local people with the UK’s biggest mobile operator. We look forward to continuing to work with EE to ensure that these all employees are treated fairly.

“It’s particularly encouraging that EE have pledged to triple their apprenticeship commitment by the end of 2015 in an effort to help ease the number of young people struggling to find work.”

Store openings

The news follows EE’s announcement last month that it will open 50 new stores and appoint up to 350 new staff (see here).

Thirty of the new stores will open as franchises, EE said. The CWU said it hoped this decision will be reversed.

“We also welcome the commitment to open 50 new stores. We do however hope that these will be EE owned and managed stores rather than franchises and that EE will reverse their recent decision to outsource many of their existing stores to franchisees,” East said.