Huawei maths reckons 1,500 Australian jobs to go due to 5G ban

Chris Duckett | December 01, 2019

Huawei maths reckons 1,500 Australian jobs to go due to 5G ban
In August, Huawei said it had cut 100 jobs in Australia, and over the next five years the number could rise as high as 400 redundancies thanks to the ban placed on the company in 5G rollouts by the Australian government. Just over three months later, Huawei has decided to factor in a number of jobs of local contractors and subcontractors to come up with a total of 1,500 jobs by the end of next year. The Chinese giant said its annual payments to local contractors has dropped by "tens of millions of dollars" already, with its construction work to end in the coming two years. "Our suppliers are overwhelmingly small-to-medium sized business employing around 30 people and in many cases Huawei is currently delivering around 80% of their annual revenues -- so without us they are in huge trouble," Huawei Australia director of corporate and public affairs Jeremy Mitchell said. "Once you factor in the sub-contractors that are employed by our principal suppliers, we are currently responsible for around 1,500 jobs in the local telecom construction industry -- but the cold reality is that unless the 5G ban on Huawei is reversed those jobs will be lost over the next 18 months."

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