More jobs set to go at phone firm

MOBILE phone company workers in North Tyneside are facing an uncertain future as their bosses draw up plans to cut more jobs.

Almost 100 workers across the north east and Scotland are facing a bleak Christmas after Everything Everywhere announced further job losses.

The firm, formed by the merger of Orange and T-Mobile, has started consultations over 90 possible job losses at its offices at Darlington, Doxford Park in Sunderland, North Tyneside and Greenock in Scotland.

Eight of the jobs look set to go at the former Orange site on the Cobalt Business Park in North Shields, pictured.

Orange’s merger with T-Mobile last year led to 1,200 jobs being axed across the country, and now a further 550 look set to follow.

A spokesperson for the firm said: “Approximately 550 head office and support roles, or four per cent of the company, will leave the organisation over the coming months.

“Everything Everywhere has now entered into a consultation phase, starting on November 1, which will last 90 days.

“We can confirm that there are planned changes in back office functions across North Tyneside, with up to eight roles being affected.

“We are unable to confirm final numbers or which specific locations these changes will occur in until the end of the consultation period, but there are no positions at risk in any of our customer-facing teams.

“We recognise and would like to thank the individuals who may be affected for their contributions to the business.”