Telstra to axe 1,100 jobs

Group announces 'streamlining' in staff email; cuts to hit field technicians, engineers, construction workers and IT staff.

Telstra Corporation (TLS) will axe 1,100 jobs as part of a continual process of restructuring and transformation within the business, flagged earlier this year.

The cuts will come from its operations division, which includes field technicians, engineers, construction workers and IT staff.

The company announced the 'streamlining' in an email this afternoon.

In May, Telstra’s chief operations officer, Brendon Riley, outlined a new model for his part of the business – responsible for about half Telstra’s domestic workforce – which reflected the pressures and rapidly shifting shape of Telstra’s portfolio of businesses.

It was suggested at the time the changes would likely result in cost reductions and job losses.

The new model creates two sets of five groups with responsibility for end-to-end delivery of services to customers.

One set includes IT solutions, networks, customer service delivery, NBN and network applications services.

The other includes service operations, asset and facilities management, labour and contract management, product delivery management and business performance management.