News : 182 Jobs At Risk at Hull Call Centre as TNS UK Announces Closure Plan
Hull, England, June 8, 2016 -- A Hull call centre looks set to close, putting 182 jobs at risk. Market research firm TNS UK runs the operation at the Maltings, in Silvester Street, city centre.
Staff were told this morning that the firm was consulting on closing the call centre "because of a significant ongoing decline in the demand for telephone market research."
One member of staff, who asked not to be named, told the Mail: "We were told today that they are thinking about moving the jobs to London. They said they will carry out a consultation to see if we can keep our jobs but we all know we are going to be fired. There are about 200 people that work here."
He said many of the staff members were on zero-hour contracts.
TNS carries out market research and polling for a range of companies and government entities. A spokesman for the firm confirmed it was considering closing the call centre and the potential job losses will affect all 182 staff.
He said: "Regrettably, we have made the difficult decision to propose closing our Hull Telephone Centre. This decision has been made as a result of a significant ongoing decline in the demand for telephone market research.
"We recognise that this announcement represents difficult news for employees who may be affected. Our priority now is to support all those potentially impacted, and ensure a fair and transparent consultation process, working with our people and their representatives. We have no plans to increase the size of our telephone centre in London."
The firm currently has a job advert live on the Hull University Union website. Posted in May, it states: "We are looking busy over the coming Summer and we want motivated, dedicated interviewers to join our panel of evening and or weekend interviewers as work volumes increase. If you are staying in Hull over the summer period we want to hear from you."
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Published: Thursday, June 9, 2016