BT off-shoring is ‘short-sighted’, says Prospect

10 November 2020

BT has announced its intention to transfer the majority of its procurement function to its newly created company, ProcureCo, based in Dublin.

BT is claiming that moving to Dublin is a “clear statement” for a post-Brexit European footprint.

Commenting on the announcement, Prospect National Secretary, John Ferrett said:

“Prospect is currently in consultation with BT following their decision to create a new company, ProcureCo, and offshore the majority of its procurement function to Dublin.

“While our focus is on securing the best possible outcome for our members, it would be remiss of us not to express our dismay at the timing of this announcement. With the impact of a Brexit trade deal still unknown and negotiations expected to conclude within weeks, moving highly-skilled roles outside of the UK at this time is incredibly short-sighted.

“Covid-19 has forced us all to embrace new ways of working and has encouraged many companies to implement effective and innovative remote working strategies. Prospect will be encouraging BT to consider this as an alternative.”