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ZTE Pakistan Plans to Downsize by 30 Percent

By  | 16, Jul 2009 | 9 Comments



This is tough time for telecom vendors in Pakistan due to recession and lack of network expansion projects by cellular companies in the country.

It is learnt by Propakistani that ZTE Pakistan, who was once market leader during 2003-05 in Pakistan is now planning for downsize by 30% of its overall headcount.

In year 2003-2005 ZTE Pakistan’s overall headcount was close to 1000 employees on their direct payroll. But after 2005, its market share gradually decreased and in 2009 it is now close to 400-500 employees out of which approx 300 employees are on their direct payroll and remaining are on third party contract through M/S HRS.

When we inquired about current situation from a senior official at ZTE, he was of the view that rumors of downsizing are around, recently – however, nothing has been concrete yet. He said that small scaled movements of employee do happen – but one should not expect massive layoffs very soon.

ZTE official confirmed that there are 850 employees at ZTE Pakistan, including direct and outsourced employees.

ZTE Pakistan has already kept the Pakistani stakeholders silent and the affairs are being directly monitored and supervised by Chinese at the Headquarter in Shenzhen. This downsizing will involve both type of employees i.e. on direct payroll (10-15%) and on third party contract (15-20%).

Now due to recession, ZTE Pakistan is in tough period and payments to the subcontractors are being delayed extra-ordinarily due to financial crisis. In the past ZTE’s main customer was PTCL but now its main customer is Zong (CMPak).

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  • http://www.shobynews.com Shoby

    does someone has any good news about the jobs :(…….

  • Jadoo

    where will telecoms engineers go?

  • haseeb

    nO Every Where is downsizzing

  • Positivity

    This communication is for the Owner of the Website.

    This is indeed a good initiative that telecom news are been aired. I suggest that this website should be the hub and bridge for very positive activities/info rather than giving news that has no grounds.

    Young Professionals along with others should look up to this website as a source of great informations that add value to readers mind.

    In times of recession where UK announced layoffs around 5 million, Toyota another 50000 layoffs, gmail, microsoft etc. Everyone got effected due to global recession so dear owner, think of ways and ideas to keep your readers happy. By reading such negative news, people get demotivated etc.

    Think of ways to create some employment for people who are being layed off. Give them some tips to find jobs etc.

    Like in one of the companies, CEO, President, Vice President and other 10 top guys decided to withdraw their bonus to avoid layoffs of staff. Its just a matter of thinking positively and constructively.

    We need to create a culture of positivity and inculcate also.

    This matter of airing company name, or any info is a very sensitive matter and needs to handle with lot of care.

    I hope that this will be well heard well by the owner.

    • http://www.propakistani.com Aamir Attaa

      Thanks for your feedback – and we do take it very seriously!

    • Specialist

      You claim that this post has no ground then surely you must be doing this as per your official duty not as an unbiased person. Recently around thirty clearances are processed for outsourced employees.

  • Positivity

    Thanks Aamir for your reply and understanding!!! Appreciated.

    I am attaching a link where you may find how recession has badly effected UAE.

    http://www.gulftalent.com/home/Economic-downturn-reduces-recruitment-activity-in-the-Gulf-Article-39.html

  • Tania Aslam

    Thats really a bad news
    I hope and Pray that we will soon get rid of this situation. AMEEN

  • Jeffy

    Its nice and true report, as all the things get monitored from shenzhen. They are monitoring not only Pakistan local staff but also overseas pakistani employees.