BT CEO promises no redundancies as a result of Covid 19 pandemic

Published: 6 April 2020 - 12:10 p.m.

BT’s chief executive officer, Philip Jansen, has pledged that none of his staff will be made redundant as a result of the current Covid 19 Coronavirus pandemic.

BT Group is the UK’s biggest telco and counts EE, Openreach and Plusnet among its subsidiary brands.

EE has the largest number of mobile phone subscribers in the country, while Openreach provides more fixed line broadband connections than anyone else in the country.

In an open letter to BT staff sent this week, Jansen reiterated his commitment to job security within the group.

“For the foreseeable future, at least the next three months no BT, Openreach, EE or Plusnet colleague will lose their job as a result of the changing trading conditions brought about by coronavirus. That’s a promise.

“Secondly, I don’t want any of you to worry about whether you’ll be paid. The commitment I made to all of you at the start of the coronavirus outbreak still holds true: we’ll continue to pay all of you, for at least the next three months, whatever the circumstances.”

Jansen has himself donated 50 per cent of his annual salary to Britain’s National Health Service and other charitable organisations in his local community, after he became one of the first high level telecoms execs to test positive for Covid 19 earlier this year.

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