British Gas asks sacked staff to train successors in India

Only weeks after announcing that it was to shed 2,000 UK jobs by outsourcing functions to India, British Gas has asked its staff to go to India to train their successors.

Only weeks after announcing that it was to shed 2,000 UK jobs by outsourcing functions to India, British Gas has asked its staff to go to India to train their successors.

The firm plans to cut the jobs in its billing department and transfer the work to Delhi, saving hopefully £330 million per year.

Around 30 people have already volunteered to be seconded to India for seven to 12 weeks to teach staff how to use the new computerised billing system even though the workers won't be guaranteed a job afterwards.

A British Gas spokesman told the newspaper: "We are not embarrassed about this. It is an open and simple invitation to staff who may want to play a part in this.

"We can't guarantee jobs to people who do as this would penalise those, for example with families, who feel they can't be away from home this long."

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