Services giant EDS is to axe 900 jobs in Europe, and is aiming for an eventual reduction of 2,000.
It has cut 200 jobs by closing the Swindon, UK-based data processing centre it inherited as part of its outsourcing contract with the Inland Revenue. In addition to the job losses, EDS will move 1,000 permanent staff into jobs currently done by contractors.
Following EDS' spin-off from General Motors, the company initiated streamlining programmes in the US and Europe. In June, EDS' European chief John Bateman sent a letter to staff asking them to inform him of positions that were not needed or vacancies that could be left unfilled. "It's your own job you are preserving," he said.
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