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Optus Goes Agile, Cuts 200 Jobs

Optus has confirmed it’s axing around 200 jobs from its consumer business division, just hours after Telstra flagged 6,000 jobs cuts by end of financial year.

Reported by Computerworldthe redundancies follow several operational shifts, stemming from a changed business transformation strategy:

“[Optus] has made a number of operational changes since launching the company’s business transformation strategy”

“We have spoken with affected employees and are discussing redeployment opportunities where available.”

The telco will introduce the Agile way of working to priority areas, as per its FY20 Plan.

Operational shifts seek to reduce duplication, whilst enhancing efficiencies and automation.

Reports follow a staff email from Optus Chief Executive, Allen Lew, sent earlier this week.

The email alluded to role changes, team re-shaping, and reduced management layers.

Lay-offs further reduce Optus’ headcount, with its workforce dipping from 8,500 to under 7,300 as at March 31.

Yesterday, rival telco Telstra announced it was pushing forward its redundancy plans, with 6,000 jobs cuts to be announced by mid-June as per its T22 plan.

The telco claims it’s “on track” to deliver $2.5 billion in cost cuts by 2022.

Whilst impacted employees won’t leave until early full-year 2020, consultation will conclude by mid-June.

The job cuts were originally slated for announcement in the first half of 2020.

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