March 14, 2019
Vodafone NZ told to reconsider plan to outsource jobs
Some of Vodafone’s 2,700 staff members in New Zealand may lose their jobs as the company is thinking about eliminating redundancies in its workforce and outsourcing the jobs abroad. Under its new boss, Jason Paris, the company is in the process of reviewing its growth strategy over the next few years. But warnings have been made regarding such a move. Craig Young, head of the Telecommunications Users Association of New Zealand (TUANZ), has advised Vodafone to think carefully before sending so many jobs out of the country. Young recalled an incident from 2011, when Vodafone sent most of its customer support jobs overseas, including Egypt. The endeavor turned out poorly, with most of the jobs being brought back to New Zealand due to the political unrest in the Middle East. Paris further stated that he wants to strengthen Vodafone’s status in preparation for a stock market listing in early 2020.