Sky is to cut around 1,000 jobs, about 4% of its workforce in the UK and Ireland, this year. The bulk of the job losses will reportedly come from its engineer teams and consultations have begun.
Sky News reported that a review into Sky’s business structure found less need for satellite specialists as more customers switch to digital-only services. A spokesperson for Sky said: “Increasingly, customers are choosing Sky Glass and Sky Stream which don’t require specialist installation, and that has led us to change the number of roles we need to deliver our services.”
Sky said that it remained committed to its satellite customers and services but signalled that the numbers of engineers needed for specialist servicing and installations had dwindled as customer habits had changed.
The rise in digital products on offer means many customers can now set up new services without any assistance. Sky currently employs about 26,000 people in the UK. Sky was bought by the US media giant Comcast for more than £30bn in 2018.