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Asia-Pac retrenchments hit BT

in brief Multinational telco British Telecom has confirmed it is retrenching a small number of staff as it redistributes its Asia-Pacific headcount to bulk up in high-growth markets such as India, China and Malaysia.BT has declined to reveal the exact number of retrenchments that would result from the redistribution of around 68 Asia-Pacific postions.
Written by Renai LeMay, Contributor

in brief Multinational telco British Telecom has confirmed it is retrenching a small number of staff as it redistributes its Asia-Pacific headcount to bulk up in high-growth markets such as India, China and Malaysia.

BT has declined to reveal the exact number of retrenchments that would result from the redistribution of around 68 Asia-Pacific postions.

"Unfortunately, a very small number of people are affected," the company confirmed in a statement to ZDNet Australia issued late yesterday. "Functions are being sent to where our customers are, where BT is investing and growing capabilities. In many cases, these are also locations where costs are lower so this will also assist BT in managing its cost base in the future."

Yesterday the telco said the redistribution would touch staff at all levels and across all sectors.

BT said an extremely small number of the company's Australian staff were affected by the shift. BT has more than 160 employees locally.

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