Redundancies hit Vodafone NZ

Global mobile operator Vodafone's New Zealand arm today said it would restructure its sales team in response to a tightening economy in the country.

Global mobile operator Vodafone's New Zealand arm today said it would restructure its sales team in response to a tightening economy in the country.

The number of job losses could be as high as 20, but a company spokesperson said the exact number was yet to be determined.

The spokesperson said that from time to time, Vodafone reviewed part of its business to ensure its structure and approach was best able to deliver to its customers, adding the goal of the review wasn't merely cost-cutting, but to make sure Vodafone had the right structure in place for the current environment.

At this stage, they said consultations with the staff affected were still in progress. Vodafone intends to minimise job losses caused by the review, and employ staff in other areas of the business rather than making them redundant.

Vodafone is New Zealand's largest mobile operator with over 2.2 million customers and a 55 per cent market share. The company also has a sizeable fixed-network presence, providing broadband and telephony services to retail and business customers. It employs around 1,400 staff in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

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