Location of affected unit(s)
Information / Communication
Information Communication Services
61 - Telecommunications

450 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
30 May 2007
Employment effect (start)
1 October 2007
Foreseen end date


Mobile phone operator, O2, is embarking on a process to potentially outsource its technology function, which could affect 450 staff. The company is in the early stages of the process, but it is expected that a preferred bidder will be selected by early autumn. Originally part of Esat Telecom, O2 Ireland was acquired by Spanish firm Telefonica in 2006. A spokesman issued the following statement, "Following a strategic review of the business, O2 Ireland has decided to explore the possibility of outsourcing its technology function and will soon issue a request for proposal to a number of potential suppliers". "It is important to point out that, should O2 go ahead with outsourcing, all roles concerned would transfer to the selected partner in line with TUPE legislation (Transfer of Undertakings, Protection of Employment Regulations). It is understood that Ericsson, Nokia, Accenture, IBM and Fujitsu are the shortlisted suppliers.


  • 31 May 2007: The Irish Times
  • 31 May 2007: The Irish Independent


Eurofound (2007), O2, Outsourcing in Ireland, factsheet number 65433, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/65433.