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BT's Belfast base spared in massive office cull - plans for Enniskillen and Derry sites not yet revealed

BT says no jobs will be lost under the plan. Picture Google
BT says no jobs will be lost under the plan. Picture Google
Margaret Canning

By Margaret Canning

BT Group's Belfast office is to escape the axe after the telecoms giant announced plans to cut its 300 locations around the UK to 30.

The company said Belfast was one of the first locations that will house what it describes as “its workplaces for the future”.

The company employs around 3,230 people in Northern Irelannd.

Belfast, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Ipswich (Adastral Park), London and Manchester are the first towns and cities to be selected and will house a variety of the company’s operations.

BT have said that no jobs will be lost and staff will be given the chance to relocate to one of the new centres.

The company said: “This is a clear signal that BT is committed to the whole of the UK, with locations in all four countries and their capitals."

Though detailed plans of BT’s footprint in each location are still to be finalised, some existing BT buildings will be refurbished while others will see BT move into new offices.” 

BT also has offices in Enniskillen and Derry, with staff numbers of 300 and 200 respectively. The future of the two offices has not been confirmed.

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