31,000 employees say goodbye BT and hello Openreach
The move of 31,000 employees from BT Group to Openreach Limited is thought to be the largest transfer of people via the TUPE Regulations in the history of the rules. TUPE means that rights accrued by employees are retained e.g. years of service, pension rights etc.
Openreach now has its own Board, greater strategic and operational independence, a separate brand and an independent workforce – and we’re ambitious for the future.
We’ve set out a clear plan to invest in new, more reliable, future-proof broadband technology, and we’re right in the middle of our largest ever recruitment drive for 3,500 engineers – so it’s an exciting time to be part of Openreach Limited.
We’re determined to continue improving customer service, collaborating closely with our customers, and spearheading the national rollout of next generation broadband networks.Mike McTighe, Openreach Chairman
The move of the employees does not give Openreach any more staff since these people were already working for Openreach, but now that the staff working for Openreach are within the Openreach bubble they will have more control and as more frontline staff tasked with building the fibre networks needed for Fibre First are recruited and complete training we should see the speed of the FTTP roll-outs increase.
The goal for these staff that have moved and all those being recruited is to have built a full fibre (FTTP) network covering 3 million premises by the end of 2020, or put another way 89,000 premises per month, more on this with a mini coverage update in another news item shortly. The G.fast footprint is in addition to those 3 million premises.