Magazine article Public Finance

Union Fears Loss of IT Jobs Abroad

Magazine article Public Finance

Union Fears Loss of IT Jobs Abroad

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Whitehall's largest trade union this week raised fears that skilled government IT jobs could shortly be transferred abroad, after a leading contractor announced compulsory redundancies.

The Public and Commercial Services union, which represents 300,000 public servants, reacted angrily to news that US IT giant Electronic Data Systems has axed 90 UK staff working on support contracts similar to those administered by EDS from India.

Public Finance has discovered that around half of the staff involved work directly on EDS contracts with the Department for Work and Pensions. EDS s overseas offices already conduct some DWP-related work.

EDS denied that it was moving the posts abroad, although a spokeswoman for the company said that it would continue to expand its offshore administration of UK contracts'.

Announcing the redundancies, the EDS spokeswoman said: 'As we continue to re-skill and restructure our workforce in the UK to meet our client requirements, it has become necessary to make in the region of 90 positions redundant across our offices in the Northeast and Northwest. …

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