Hewlett Packard has proposed outsourcing 200 ICT jobs at the Department of Work and Pensions to India.
HP has a contract with the DWP to provide ICT support from the department’s offices in Newcastle, Lytham St Annes and Sheffield.
The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union has warned that the proposed outsourcing could result in up to 200 ICT jobs being axed. HP is currently waiting for the government’s approval to commence the outsourcing, The Guardian reports.
"We have begun consultation on the transfer of some roles to our operations in India that will be effective in 2012. HP uses a combination of onshore and offshore deployment models to most effectively support its customers." the company said in a statement.
A spokesperson for the DWP said that the rumours about the government giving its approval for the move are purely speculative and was not sure whether the government would allow the company to go ahead with the outsourcing.
However, the PCS claims that the talks between HP and the government is already in advanced stages and expects the government to give the approval in August or September.