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British Telecom Offers Staff a Year Off Work at 25% of Pay

Companies / Corporate News Jul 04, 2009 - 03:11 PM GMT

By: Nadeem_Walayat

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The recession is forcing British Telecom, Britians largest telecom provider to offer some of its staff the option of taking a year off work at 25% of full time pay, as an alternative to further redundancies in an attempt to cut costs and ride out the recession which follows a heavy first quarter loss of £1.3 billion, with similar projected loss for the 2nd Quarter of 2009.


To date British Telecom has already axed 15,000 jobs leaving approximately 100,000 employees, with the goal of reducing the workforce by another 10,000 however the without having to resort to redundancies which would leave the company with having to undertake the expensive exercise of having to recruit and train staff once the economy recovers.

My analysis of of February 2009 forecast that the UK should hit bottom by the third quarter with a strong economic recovery into mid 2010 to be followed by a high risk of a double dip recession due to the growing and mostly unrecognised at the time debt burden that would need to be dealt with following the 2010 General Election. Subsequent data and analysis has increasingly reinforced the outlook for a double dip UK recession and especially following late April's UK Budget revisions to the actual levels of government borrowing and budget deficit by the Chancellor, Alistair Darling that proceeded to rip to shreds the preceding consensus on the projected budget deficit as illustrated by the graph below.

By Nadeem Walayat
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