Retrenchments at IS

Numerous employees at Internet Solutions are facing retrenchment as a round of staff cuts is planned at the company.

MyBroadband has received information that several hundred employees have received notifications that their positions are at risk.

The company, however, plans to re-employ some of the employees who are facing retrenchment.

The latest staff cuts at IS follow a similar process in September 2016, where the company cut jobs to “streamline departments, roles, and responsibilities”.

At the time, Internet Solutions CEO Saki Missaikos said the company was undergoing a “rationalisation process across all business units”.

“The restructure aims to deliver improved client experience, through more efficient and competitive operations,” said Missaikos at the time.

“Through this process, Internet Solutions will continue to intensify focus on areas where they are positioned for long-term leadership, client value, and growth.”

It is not clear what is behind the latest round of staff cuts at Internet Solutions, and how the previous restructuring fits into the picture.

MyBroadband asked Internet Solutions for comment regarding its planned staff cuts, and the company said it was preparing a media statement on the matter.

Update – Statement from IS

Internet Solutions has provided the following statement on the matter.

As one of South Africa’s leading Internet service providers, it is Internet Solutions’ responsibility to continue to innovate our core connectivity, cloud and complementary business enabling services, in a way the market wants to consume them.

In years past, we introduced a decentralised, segmented business model. While we achieved some successes with this approach, we created process and service delivery complexity. Therefore, Internet Solutions is simplifying its business model to increase responsiveness with offerings that enable self-service, enhanced visibility and flexibility.

Realising this vision requires a comprehensive assessment and redesign of our infrastructure, processes, technologies and skills. In the past two years, we’ve sold non-core infrastructure assets, implemented more automation, partnered with leading vendors, and refocused our technology and people investments to accelerate the delivery of software-defined services.

Our next step involves a thorough review of the required skills mix to drive the next phase of evolution. On 17 July 2018, we announced to staff that the business is entering into a formal consultation process in a move to be more agile and responsive. However, worth noting is that the process is in its infancy and no final impacted numbers can be confirmed at this point.

Evolving our business is challenging, but we aim to navigate this process in a way which is best for our employees, partners and our business.

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