Optus says yes to offshoring 130 IT jobs

Optus will outsource 130 IT jobs to Accenture, Tech Mahindra, and SingTel IT subsidiary NCS.

Optus has confirmed the rumours that 130 roles will be outsourced to third-party vendors Accenture, Tech Mahindra, and SingTel's IT subsidiary NCS, following a review of its IT division that was announced in February .

ZDNet yesterday received a tip-off that over 100 staff members were advised that their positions would be made redundant and sent to the third-party vendors as part of Optus' overhaul of its IT systems and networks.

An Optus spokesperson today confirmed to ZDNet that the decision to offshore jobs came as part of the February review.

"Staff in Optus' IT division were advised in February 2013 of plans to outsource some local IT functions to third-party vendors," the spokesperson said in a statement.

"Following a review of our IT division, we have identified around 130 roles that are affected by the expansion of our offshoring capabilities. We are working with employees who are affected by these changes, and, where possible, we are exploring redeployment opportunities for our people."

Earlier this month, Optus reported a slight decline in the number of mobile subscribers down to 9.533 million as of the end of June, but reported a 3.6 percent rise in net profit to AU$167 million for the quarter.