IBM Layoffs Top 1,200, Union Reports

 
 
By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2012-02-29 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Alliance@IBM, an IBM employee advocacy group, reports that IBM has laid off as many as 1,200 employees or more this week.

According to an IBM employee organization, reports and independent sources, IBM has laid off more than 1,000 employees with some estimates going as high as 1.200 or more in the U.S. and Canada.

Alliance@IBM, the official national site for the IBM Employee€™s Union CWA Local 1701, reports that since Feb. 27, at least 1,202 IBM employees have been laid off in what has typically been known as €œresource actions€ at Big Blue.

From Alliance@IBM statistics, most of the job cuts come from the IBM Global Technology Services (GTS) unit. But the IBM Global Business Services (GBS) and IBM Software Group units took hits, as well.

Lee Conrad, national director of Alliance@IBM, said IBM has a history of making head count cuts early in the year, typically around February through April, and he said he would not be surprised to see more cuts come.

According to Alliance@IBM, the IBM job cuts include:

·         GTS Public Sector Delivery/IBM Global Account: 59

·         GTS Delivery Application Hosting: 183

·         Corporate Marketing and Communications: 18

·         STG Systems Agenda Delivery: 106

·         GTS finance: 23

·         GTS Delivery Security Risk Management: 39

·         BT/IT Global Workforce Web Processes: 22

·         Software Group East Region Sales: 40

·         GTS MTS Delivery solutions/support: 23

·         GTS Delivery SSO: 57

·         GTS ITS: 128

·         GTS Delivery Distributed Server Mgmt.: 179

·         AMS Commercial Delivery: 118

·         GBS Consulting Services Industrial Sector: 25

·         BT/IT Application & Infrastructure service Mgmt.: 78

·         ISC Global Procurement: 50

·         GBS Application Innovation Services: 54

·         Sum=1,202

Those numbers are based on severance documents shared by IBM employees with the Alliance@IBM advocacy group.

IBM did not respond immediately to an inquiry from eWEEK regarding the layoffs. However, in a report on WRAL Tech Wire€”which covers the Research Triangle Park, N.C., area where IBM employs a large number of workers€”an IBM spokesperson confirmed that a €œrebalancing€ was underway.

Prompted to expand on what the €œrebalancing€ means, KRAL reports the IBM spokesperson said: "That means reducing in some areas and hiring in others€”based on shifts in technology and client demand. This flexibility allows IBM to remain competitive and relevant in an industry that is constantly changing. And given the competitive nature of our business, we do not publicly discuss the details of our staffing plans."

Meanwhile, Conrad insists that the layoffs in the U.S. are part of an IBM strategy to limit the number of Big Blue employees in the U.S. in favor of lower-cost workers in emerging countries.

IBM, which employs more than 425,000 people around the world, in 2009, stopped releasing figures on the number of employees it has in each country. In 2009, IBM listed 105,000 employees in the U.S., down from nearly 134,000 in 2005. Now, Alliance@IBM estimates that in 2011 IBM employed 98,000 workers in the U.S.

The numbers of U.S.-based IBM employees, by years, break down as follows:

·         2011: 98,000

·         2010: 101,000

·         2009: 105,000

·         2008: 115,000

·         2007: 121,000

·         2006: 127,000

·         2005: 133,789

 


 
 
 
 
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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