Business expansion
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Information / Communication
Information Communication Services
61.90 - Other telecommunications activities

1,000 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
11 June 2020
Employment effect (start)
25 June 2020
Foreseen end date
30 June 2023


CityFibre, the British telecoms company, has launched a plan to train an overall number of 11,000 people - hiring directly 1,000 of them - across the UK in the next three years, as part of its effort to expand its fibre network to reach 8 million homes. The first recruitment drive for training is already underway.

The prospective workers will be mainly trained in skills including fibre splicing, telephone pole climbing and road cutting. Those not hired directly by CityFibre are meant to be then employed by local construction groups involved in the plan for the expansion of the fibre network.

The company declared it wants to attract qualified and experienced construction and telecoms workers as well as those currently unemployed, with a focus on women and candidates from minority ethnic backgrounds. The chairman of the company said full fibre connectivity was crucial to economic recovery after of the COVID-19 crisis and to transitioning to a 'greener, smarter and fairer economy'.

CityFibre specialises in building fibre internet infrastructure and has cable networks in more than 60 towns and cities across the UK, providing internet connectivity to consumer service providers, local authorities mobile operators and businesses.



Eurofound (2020), CityFibre, Business expansion in United Kingdom, factsheet number 101309, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/101309.