Within the framework of the negotiation of the company’s new collective agreement, Telefónica Spain is going to make a proposal to the workers’ representatives to negotiate an ambitious plan to improve the workforce and adapt it to the challenges of the coming years. This plan was analysed at the meeting of Telefónica’s Board of Directors.
The chairman of Telefónica Spain, Emilio Gayo, explained: “The collective agreement we signed four years ago has enabled us to make great advances and has provided us with social and labour stability during this period. Now we have to be more ambitious and evolve into a more digital company that is ready for the challenges ahead”.
Telefónica wants to simplify the current working framework, implement an extensive reskilling and upskilling programme to equip employees with new skills and to continue advancing in the digitalisation and robotisation of processes.
The company anticipates that in the next few years more than half of its sales will be made through digital channels, and that more and more customers will engage with Telefónica through the MiMovistar digital application. In parallel, the company’s modernisation will continue with new fibre deployments and the progressive shut-down of the copper wire network and legacy mobile phone networks.
Against this background, the goal is to adapt the workforce to the needs of future challenges. Therefore, Telefónica want to propose a programme to improve the skills of our employees and take advantage of the potential of the current workforce. Unions will be offered the opportunity to undertake the largest training programme developed in Spain, the content of which will be decided jointly.
The general lines of the plan aim to involve more than 6,000 employees in reskilling programmes, with a priority focus on the development of critical profiles in areas such as security, robotisation, analytics, web development, business consulting, IT and Agile methodology capabilities. There will also be skill training programmes open to all company employees. To this end, the training budget will be more than doubled, and the training hours per employee will be increased by up to 40%.
The goal is to qualify specialised staff in critical knowledge in order to have differential internal talent; to prepare all professionals in organisational movements and functional changes towards higher value activities; to develop commercial and technological staff in key skills, knowledge and abilities for the future of their activity; and to promote key future knowledge for the entire company in line with current and future business needs.
It is also intended that the new collective agreement will provide a framework of stability for the coming years, following the achievements of the previous one. This will allow a more flexible management, with initiatives such as simplifying the scheme for professional categories and making decisive progress in diversity.
In this regard, the company, a pioneer in the implementation of equality, diversity and digital disconnection plans, wants to take advantage of the new agreement to continue taking decisive steps in that direction, together with the workers’ representatives.
Firstly, with regard to the evolution of the workforce, a proposal will be put forward to the unions for the implementation of an individual suspension plan (PSI in Spanish) for a period of one year. This plan, designed for employees over 53 years of age, will be voluntary and its specific conditions are subject to the development of the negotiation. In addition, the Talentum programme is intended to continue to attract young candidates for employment at the company.
The current cost of the Plan is estimated to be approximately 1,600 million euros before taxes, and the run rate of savings in direct expenses is approximately 220 million euros from year 2021.
And finally, we want to develop a programme so that certain services can be offered directly by company personnel in order to ensure the quality of the service provided to our customers. This program will allow the generation of additional efficiencies.
All these issues will be discussed during tomorrow’s meeting of negotiation Board.
This announcement, together with the mobile site monetization plan also announced today, is part of the strategy defined by the Company as one of the different initiatives being implemented and on which Telefonica will continue working with determination in the coming months to achieve the best results.