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Virgin Media O2 to cut thousands UK jobs

The mobile operator Virgin Media O2 is planning to cut up to 2,000 jobs in the UK, which accounts for about 12% of its total workforce, by the end of this year.

Out of the 2,000 job reductions, 800 roles were already announced previously, according to the Ocean Media.

A spokesperson from Virgin Media O2 acknowledged that periods of change can be difficult for employees.

This decision follows similar actions taken by rivals BT and Vodafone, both of which also announced job cuts in May.

Virgin Media O2’s spokesperson stated that the company is currently in the process of consulting on proposals to simplify its operating model in order to better serve its customers, which will result in the reduction of some roles this year.

The company, which is a British entity, was formed in 2021 as a result of a merger between mobile operator O2 and broadband giant Virgin Media.

Earlier this year, BT, the largest broadband and mobile provider in the UK, revealed its plan to cut up to 55,000 jobs by the end of the decade, primarily within the UK, as part of cost-cutting measures. Some of these job losses will be offset by the implementation of technologies like artificial intelligence.

Vodafone also announced its intention to cut 11,000 jobs over the next three years, which amounts to approximately 10% of its workforce.

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