HP Abandons Plans to Outsource 200 UK Jobs to India

HP has announced that it is not going ahead with its proposed plan to outsource IT jobs assigned to the Adams 2 contract for the Department for Work and Pensions, according to recent reports.

The company revealed earlier in June that it was planning to shift some 200 hundred jobs in north eastern England to India. HP defended the proposed step by saying it was necessary to comply to demands from the government to cut costs.

The move, however, was opposed by HP employees, local MPs and the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), as they believed outsourcing the work involving a live database containing information for 25 million UK citizens to a foreign country was a security risk.

"Having discussed the proposal with our government client, we have agreed that in this instance we will continue to carry out the work in the UK," said an HP spokesman in a statement sent to The Register.

Meanwhile, Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary went on to say, “This is very good news for our members who have campaigned hard on this and been rewarded with saving their jobs.”