Less than a month after Orange Kenya announced that it would lay off 500 of its staff, Airtel Kenya has followed the same route, announcing that it would let 60 of its staff go in what it terms ‘strategic restructuring’.
In a statement issues today, the firm stated that it has “embarked on a strategic restructuring that will reposition the business and reinforce its competitiveness in the market place,” adding that “the exercise, which is focused on aligning the company’s structure with its operating model, also entailed a right-sizing that impacted 60 members of our current workforce.”
The statement added that one of the key objectives of the exercise is to create a high performing organization, which satisfies the needs of all of our stakeholders, especially our customers, as we step into the next growth phase of our operation.
“Airtel is sensitive towards the affected staff and is committed to minimizing the impact of this exercise on the employees. As a way of helping the affected staff members during the transition, the Company is compensating above what is prescribed by the prevailing laws. Airtel Kenya has contracted a reputable organization to offer job search services and provide the training that they would need to find new opportunities. The Company will meet the full cost of this support,” said Adil El Youssefi, CEO, Airtel Kenya in the statement.
“Airtel remains committed to the Kenyan market with significant investments of over Kshs 20 billion to drive innovation, network quality and customer service delivery over the next two years. The company also supports the youth in education through its CSR program that offers free internet to schools, having covered over 160 schools and 220,000 students all over Kenya.”