Firing Spree: Mobilink Lays Off Another 100 Employees

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Mobilink, in its second phase of freeing up the resources, has laid off another at least 100 employees from its technical department, we have confirmed with sources.

With squeezing revenues and high CAPEX pressure — thanks to infrastructure “Swap” and “Maintenance” deals with Huawei and Ericsson – this was seen coming.

Mobilink is reasoning the lay-offs due to a restricting process of its technology division. As a result, the company said, certain operational areas had become redundant, whereas new functions have also emerged.

“Therefore, headcount is being reduced in areas that are redundant, whereas hiring of different skill set is underway”, said a statement issued by Mobilink.

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However, it is unclear that why already serving workforce isn’t trained to fulfil the changing needs of the infrastructure, leaving a question mark on the ability of HR department.

On other hands, as we reported before, plentiful of tasks in technical department are being outsourced to vendors with a aim to reduce costs.

Once vendor contracts will be fully in place, Mobilink, as part of group strategy, will outsource major technical activities, while in-house staff will, just be, carrying out level 1 maintenance on site intervention for core network, alarm monitoring and KPI (Key Performance Indicators) review.

If sources are to be believed then more lay-offs are expected at Mobilink in coming months.

Mobilink has said that outgoing employees have been given the benefit of severance packages that are above and beyond the contractual obligation undertaken by the company at the time of hiring.

It maybe recalled that Mobilink had fired around 100 employees earlier in May 2013.

With Alcatel Lucent, Nortel, Motorola and Nokia Siemens Network out of business, these lay-offs by telcos are putting fierce pressure in the sector with growing pool of unemployed resources in the country.

Tech reporter with over 10 years of experience, founder of ProPakistani.PK