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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 footprint is in addition to those 3 million premises.


Still belongs to BT, so it makes no difference and I doubt things will be any difference. the system is still falling apart and BT will still not spend the money. It is just a swizz to make us think it have all changed, but in reality, nothing will change for us the consumer.
Just a load of bull.

  • zyborg47
  • over 2 years ago

So easy to knock BT zyborg47 but don't see any major broadband suppliers clamouring to provide infrastructure, i.e. fibre in the ground. Most piggy backed on BT and complain.

  • compwiz
  • over 2 years ago

my understanding this is seem as good news by Openreach's Customers which are the Service providers

zybory -- nothing changes from the customer perspective you buy a service from a provider andassuming that not an altnet provider then Openreach will fulfil the work

  • fastman
  • over 2 years ago

@compwiz, We the tax payers are propping up the BT network in places, Fastershire, which is is suppose to give people broadband where they ca not normally get it is propping up BT, why only Bt when there are other network providers around? No wonder BT is making large profits, our council tax is helping them to do it. the phone network should be publicly owned, not private. While the engineers are fine, all the ones i have met anyway BTOR is a total and complete waste of space. They will do the minimal on their networks to keep it working.

  • zyborg47
  • over 2 years ago

@fastman, you are right, nothing does change, Openreach is still a waste of space.

  • zyborg47
  • over 2 years ago

Don't see Sky etc. rushing to provide a fast service out in the sticks. BT has to provide a service, no matter how many clients are at the end of the line.

  • amonra
  • over 2 years ago

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