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Fujitsu proposed job losses not down to Aspire and Sirius

David Bicknell Published 14 October 2016

Vendor insists proposed losses are down to “transformation programme” to support customers “in era of digital transformation”; no job losses will take place until 2017

Fujitsu’s plans to cut up to 1800 jobs in the UK are not being driven by changes in its public sector contracts, it is understood.

Fujitsu has promised that no UK jobs will disappear as a result of its ‘transformation programme’ until 2017. It could be concluded that some of those losses could be at risk due to the end of major Fujitsu contracts in the UK public sector, notably the Aspire contract at HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

However, Government Computing has learned, this is not the case, and both Aspire and the Home Office’s outsourced Sirius programme, are not to blame.

In a statement, Fujitsu said earlier this week, “Fujitsu is planning a transformation program that will enable it to better support customers in the era of digital transformation. The company today advised its employee representative forum of plans to restructure the organisation in order to provide better service and respond more quickly to customer needs.

“As part of the programme, Fujitsu plans to streamline operations in order to remain competitive in the market. Proposed measures include changes which would result in a reduction of up to 1,800 jobs in the UK. All affected employees will be offered guidance and support and Fujitsu is establishing a consultation process with elected employee representatives.”

Fujitsu has indicated its stance is not linked “in any way” to the Brexit vote to leave the EU.  It has said the changes affect the entirety of Fujitsu’s European (EMEIA) business and are not focused on the UK or any other country. They are not driven by any domestic issues, but allow Fujitsu to better compete and grow in today’s global IT marketplace.

Workers are expected to be affected at many of Fujitsu’s major sites, including Belfast, Bracknell, Crewe, Londonderry/Derry, Manchester, Stevenage, Wakefield and Warrington.




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