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Optus confirms 115 jobs to go

Contrary to reports earlier today that Optus would cut 400 jobs, the telco this afternoon said only 115 from its network division would go.

Contrary to reports earlier today that Optus would cut 400 jobs, the telco this afternoon said only 115 from its network division would go.

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(Credit: ZDNet.com.au)

The cull within Optus' network division followed a two-month review that began in August, said a spokesperson for Optus.

"This review has resulted in an organisational restructure of our networks division to improve the way we operate and deliver greater efficiencies," they said in a statement. "As a result of the review and restructure there will be a reduction in head count through contractor terminations, redundancies and cancelled vacancies. This equates to 115 roles."

The spokesperson later refused to clarify to ZDNet.com.au what the review had found, however, they said that no other divisions had been reviewed for similar reasons.

"Having said that, we are always reviewing our operations," they said.

The redundancies do not target any specific roles within Optus' networks division. "The roles are from across all levels of the networks division, including senior and middle management as well as operational, engineering and support roles," they said.

The reduction in head count represents around 1 per cent of Optus' 10,700 staff, although the cuts reduce its 2,500 staff member network division by 5 per cent.

The spokesperson said that no other cuts were expected at present.