Optus will cut 350 head office and support jobs next month as part of its ongoing restructure to cut costs.
Australia’s second largest telco will make some positions redundant and consolidate other roles.
“In some divisions where you have a number of people doing similar roles, those roles will be consolidated into fewer roles,” a spokeswoman said.
“They will be working from the same team rather than numerous teams.”
Optus confirmed the job cuts on Wednesday after reports a day earlier suggested more than 200 positions could be cut.
Optus has axed more than 1000 jobs since 2012 as part of an attempt to improve profits.
CWU national assistant secretary Ken Hardisty said he hoped it was the last round of job cuts at Optus.
“Fortunately the numbers (this time) haven’t been as high, which is some consolation I suppose,” he said.
“At this stage you’d hope there would be nothing after this, the objective has been achieved of putting them on the right foot they’re looking for.
“But obviously we’ll be looking at protecting as many members jobs, that we can or be redeployed and suitable arrangements can be made.”
The Optus spokeswoman declined rule out further jobs cuts, and said that improving efficiencies was an ongoing process.
“Part of that strategy is about re-engineering our business for the future and this is one of a number of initiatives that we are putting in place,” the spokesperson said.
“Over an 18-month period we have done a number of these to restructure and refocus the business around customer service.”
Mr Hardisty said it did not appear that too many Optus jobs were being moved offshore.
“There is a small offshoring component which affects the about a maximum of 12 positions,” he said.
“They’ve advised us that they’ve found duplication of functions and centralised them into one location, so there’s been a bit of reorganisation and rebalancing of the resources.”