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BT seeking Irish workers to take voluntary redundancies

Telecommunications giant BT is seeking voluntary redundancies, it has emerged.

The company, which employs over 2,000 people in Northern Ireland, would not comment on how many jobs it was seeking to cut.

The company employs around 3,000 people in Ireland as a whole.

A spokeswoman for the company said: "BT operates a voluntary leaver programme which is currently open for employees to avail of.

"This is a scheme offered from time to time, allowing employees to explore new career or life opportunities. We are very satisfied with how our Ireland business is performing currently.

"Our most recent results published last week showed a solid set of results for the previous quarter and we are enjoying growth across both our north and south operations."

A report in the Irish Times suggested around 100 jobs would go across the island but the spokeswoman would not comment on numbers.

According to the company's latest results, BT Ireland's underlying revenue excluding transit revenue grew 3% in the nine months to the end of December 2013. The company said its fibre broadband market in Northern Ireland had also grown, with over 160,000 homes and business across the province now with high speed broadband access.

In November last year, the company announced there would be 165 new jobs in Northern Ireland as it extends its call centre in Belfast.

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