blog The new year has not started well for Australian technologists in terms of the jobs situation. Qantas is cutting IT workers, Sensis is cutting workers, Telstra is cutting workers, the Victorian Government is looking into offshoring, and now, according to The Australian newspaper, IBM Australia has embarked on another major redundancy round. The newspaper tells us (we recommend you click here for the full story):
“IBM Australia has again begun slashing jobs, which could see about 500 people lose their positions following last year’s cull of more than 1500 workers.”
As you may recall, it’s not precisely the first time IBM has engaged in a major round of redundancies in Australia. Just last October, the ABC reported that Big Blue was set to cut some 1,000 staff locally. In May it was reportedly around 200 positions. In 2010 the Australian Services Union reported that a slew of jobs were set to head offshore. Of course, IBM is also concurrently hiring staff; in late 2012 it announced plans to add 150 new jobs at its Ballarat facility. But overall the picture does not look rosy.
One quick note to readers, especially those employed at IBM: We receive a lot of tips through Delimiter’s anonymous tips form regarding job losses at IBM. We thank readers for their tip-offs in this area. However, because it is IBM’s standard practice not to comment on job losses, and because IBM often restructures internal divisions (making a small amount of roles redundant but adding jobs in other areas), it is sometimes difficult to get a full and accurate picture of what’s going on during major redundancy rounds. It would be ideal if readers with news of job losses at IBM particularly could hit us up with any available evidence, if they want to tip us off regarding the situation. Cheers!