Staff transfer

Openreach welcomes 3,100 Scottish workers

More than 3,100 BT workers today switch to Openreach in the biggest single transfer of employees in UK corporate history.

The move means that Openreach, the UK’s largest telephone and broadband network, now has an independent UK workforce of 31,000 people as well as the largest team of fibre broadband engineers in the country.

Openreach is not only responsible for upgrading and maintaining home telephone and broadband services on behalf of hundreds of service providers, but also provides infrastructure for large and small businesses, as well as places such as hospitals, schools and stadiums. More than 27 million premises use Openreach’s fibre network.

Across the UK, in a typical week, Openreach carries out around 95,000 installations and 85,000 jobs upgrading, protecting and repairing the network. That’s more than 9 million a year, or well over 37,000 every working day.

Brendan Dick, chairman of the new Openreach board in Scotland, said: “This is an important day for Openreach as we’re fulfilling the commitments to Ofcom under the Digital Communications Review.

“Openreach now has its own board in the UK, and here in Scotland, greater strategic and operational independence, a separate brand and an independent workforce – and we’re ambitious for the future.

“We’ve set out a clear plan to invest in new, more reliable, future-proof broadband technology, and we’re right in the middle of our largest ever recruitment drive for 3,500 engineers –  400 of them in Scotland – so it’s an exciting time to be part of Openreach Limited.”

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