France Telecom to slash 8,000 jobs

28th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 28 (AFP) - France Telecom plans to shed 8,000 jobs worldwide this year under planned retirement programmes and transfers of staff to the civil service, the company told AFP on Friday.

PARIS, Jan 28 (AFP) - France Telecom plans to shed 8,000 jobs worldwide this year under planned retirement programmes and transfers of staff to the civil service, the company told AFP on Friday.

Of the total 8,000 jobs, 5,500 would be cut in France.

The group, 42.25-percent owned by the state, employs 203,500 people of whom 122,900 work in France, and of these 95,000 have civil servant status and 28,000 have private-sector contracts.

In 2004, the company had reduced its workforce by 12,500, of whom 6,000 worked in France, compared with a target of 14,500 job cuts.

In 2003 the company had shed 13,100 jobs throughout the world.

The company said that this year it planned to accelerate recruitment to hire a total of 3,000 people.

Of these, 300 would be engaged in research, 300 on networks and 1,800 would be on permanent, part-time contracts in commercial activities. And 600 people would be employed in other activities, including marketing.

France Telecom said that it planned to open about 100 sales outlets in France this year.

The company hired 1,100 people in 2003 and 2,000 in 2004.

© AFP

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