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Singtel Optus will sack 440 workers over the next two months in what it says is a bid to reduce the number involved in back-office work.

The company will make 290 of the 440 roles redundant and create 150 new positions, The Australian reported.

This is the third time Optus has announced sackings this year.

The telco said in May that it was phasing out its Virgin Mobile subsidiary and that 200 positions would go.

The same month, Optus announced a further 400 jobs would be lost in order to "future-proof" the company in the words of chief executive Allen Lew.

Contacted for comment, an Optus spokesperson said: "Optus is committed to becoming a world-class, mobile-led, digital service provider.

"As we continue to evolve the way we work, do business and fund future investments we are removing duplication, improving our operating efficiency and embracing next-generation technologies, like digitisation and automation to achieve this goal.

"As a result, certain roles will be impacted, including 440 roles being made redundant.

"We are speaking with affected employees first, and discussing redeployment opportunities where available.

"We are structuring our organisation to become the next-generation Optus and continue to meet the needs of our customers."

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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