EDS is hiring, not firing, in New Zealand

Most of 20,000 mooted job cuts likely Stateside

EDS’ plans to lay off up to 20,000 staff over the next two years as part of a move to slash US$3 billion in costs appear to be focused mainly on the US where there are 55,000 employees.

In New Zealand, the company is in hiring mode. Spokeswoman Adrienne Perry says EDS has 35–40 new roles in its solutions centre and is looking for project managers, business analysts and architects. EDS New Zealand currently has around 2,300 staff.

The company’s chairman and CEO, Michael Jordan, said last week that 15,000-20,000 job cuts would be made on top of 5,000 staff EDS has laid off over the past year. The company subsequently said Jordan’s figures were an estimate, not a target, and in line with previous comments that costs have to come down.

The final outcome will depend on a business transformation project EDS is undergoing.

More than a dozen overseas clients of EDS have transferred work to New Zealand in recent times. These include contact centre positions, applications testing and development work, information technology operations support and production engineering.

The initiative is part of EDS’ Best Shore service delivery initiative, which relocates work between countries in order to achieve a cost-competitive outcome for the client. EDS New Zealand is one of 25 EDS-accredited Best Shore locations around the world.

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