The article mentions that:
Vodafone NZ currently employs about 2700 staff.
An industry source suggested in December that Vodafone wanted to cut that number by 400, but another now believed the cuts could go deeper.
Chief executive Jason Paris has said he wants to give staff certainty about where they stand by the end of the month.
The restructure is being designed to make Vodafone NZ more attractive to investors ahead of a second attempt by the Vodafone Group to partially float the subsidiary on the NZX next year.
The company's hope is that it can outsource more of the work currently performed by Vodafone in New Zealand to "centres of excellence" that the British-based Vodafone Group has established in other countries.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about this article are the comments from the public that follow the article. And yes, Jason Paris himself has taken an active part in these discussions - well worth reading!
Here's a couple of of Jason's comments:
"Hi Kommentator. The changes that we are going through are about creating the freedom to invest more in the areas that we know our customers and our people value the most. We have a fantastic business here in NZ, but It’s true that we still have some work to do. However we have a clear plan that our people believe in and although any organisational change is tough - we are focussed on making the right calls to deliver for our customers. Jason"
"Hi Slinkybambi. Our preference will always be keeping roles in New Zealand and the only times that we will use overseas expertise is when we are confident that it’s the best way to help our customers. It’s true that in some instances that this also means we can reduce costs - which in the main, will be reinvested in new areas that we know our customers value - including new NZ based roles. Cheers Jason"