New Vodafone call centre in Tasmania
Vodafone is building a new call centre in Tasmania with the Telecommunications provider making a big deal out of the fact that it has retained its call centre operations in Australia.
Vodafone Hutchison Australia says it has created more than 450 jobs in Tasmania since its decision in March 2013 to move all its contact centre operations to Hobart, doubling the size of its Australian-based customer service operations.
Vodafone will build a purpose-built call centre in Hobarts CBD to house the operation. Vodafone says its construction and fit-out partners, Sultan Holdings and Hansen Yuncken, would employ an additional 240 people during the build phase of the project, due for completion December 2014.
Vodafone is currently occupying a temporary site in Hobarts CBD, which it says has allowed it to hire and train new employees while awaiting the new facility.
Vodafones general manager for customer care Matt Paterson said: Were excited to have arrived at the next stage of our expansion project that will bring this world-class facility to the centre of Hobart. This is an enormous boost to the customer service we offer Vodafone customers as well as a welcome boost for the local economy.
By the time the new centre is fully operational in July 2015, Vodafone will have a combined workforce of more than 1,300 across its two Tasmanian customer service centres. Our Hobart customer service centre will support our Australian-based customer care team, who offer local service for Vodafone Red customers.
Our social media, sales and business support teams will continue operating out of Kingston, Paterson said, referring to Vodafones other facility in the south of Hobart. He said Vodafone was bucking the trend by bringing jobs back to Australia.
Australian-based customer service sets us apart from our competitors. Were putting service ahead of profits thats what our customers want. They want to be able to speak to an Australian, and they want to help create jobs in Australia. Thats important to us too.
The Australian and Tasmanian Governments have provided financial incentives. Hansen Yuncken, a national commercial building company with local offices in Hobart, has secured the contract for the building fit-out.
Work is expected to begin over the next few months with Vodafone staff to start moving in by late-December.
Paterson said Tasmanian tradespeople are expected to be the big winners during the construction phase, with most of the work expected to be sourced locally.
There could be up to 200 construction workers on-site at the peak of building activity and up to a further 40 during the extensive fit-out phase.
Editor: In May 2018 Vodafone announced it was axing up to 100 call centre jobs in Hobart citing a reduced requirement for call centre services.
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