This Monday saw IBM dismiss over 250 employees from its various offices all over the United States. According to company sources, the job cut was unannounced and hit staff members from both IBM's outsourcing and IT services unit.
Caught in the crossfire were the following casualties: 183 employees from the Global Technology Services (GTS) unit, 59 workers from GTS's Public Sector Delivery and Global Accounts unit and a further 18 employees from the corporate marketing and communications division, reported Information Week. Positions that have been cut include advisory project managers, associate project managers, senior project managers as well as executive project managers.
No one from IBM was available for an immediate comment, however, spokesman for IBM employee organisation Alliance@IBM, Lee Conrad, said: "This is all about decreasing the U.S. IBM employee population in favor of offshore workers."
The recent years have bore witness to an increasing amount of job being cut at the start of the year, with oast records indicating that in April 2007 IBM cut 1,300 jobs with a further 1,600 jobs lost in March 2009 March.