Orange to shed up to 2,000 staff in Wanadoo merger

5 May 2006

Mobile operator Orange UK will shed up to 2,000 staff over the next two months as it merges with its sister ISP business Wanadoo UK. The two companies, both owned by France Télécom, employ about 13,000 people in UK in total, predominantly in the north east and south west of England. Orange has yet to say which parts of the business or which areas of the UK will be affected by the cuts, but says the merged company, which will operate under the Orange brand, will be fully formed by September. Orange aims to cut 15% of the staff costs of the enlarged company and a spokesman told the Independent that the company will pursue other cost savings related to overlapping businesses and network efficiencies.

United Kingdom, EE, Orange (formerly Wanadoo UK)