Job cuts hit CSC Australia

Job cuts hit CSC Australia

Summary: IT services giant CSC today confirmed it would make a number of its Australian staff redundant as a result of the global financial crisis.

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IT services giant CSC today confirmed it would make a number of its Australian staff redundant as a result of the global financial crisis.

"In response to the global economic environment, CSC Australia is implementing a business strategy to streamline and align resources to best meet current and future business needs, while providing the highest quality of services to our clients," the company said in a statement.

"These changes will result in a limited number of redundancies and redeployments at CSC. Where employees are displaced, CSC makes every effort to provide outplacement assistance and to help workers find employment elsewhere within CSC."

The news comes shortly after the company's Australian chief Nick Wilkinson emailed journalists personally on 17 April expressing optimism about the year ahead.

"This year looks like a banner year for CSC — despite the global financial crisis — and we are happy to celebrate our 50th birthday globally and 39 memorable years in Australia," he wrote.

CSC has picked up several contract wins recently; BHP Billiton renewed its relationship with the IT services firm with regards to its metallurgical coal and energy coal operations in February, and CSC has also won several parcels of work with electricity utility Western Power.

On 30 March CSC sealed a five-year extension on its contract with Wesfarmers-owned retailer Kmart worth $36.4 million. And superannuation specialist Superpartners revealed earlier in March it had picked SAP and CSC to provide it with a new enterprise resource planning system.

The company did not provide further details on the cuts. Locally CSC has over 3000 staff. CSC is one of the last major technology companies in Australia to have cut staff in response to the global financial crisis, with many other groups confirming redundancies over the past six months.

Topics: IT Employment, Outsourcing, Tech Industry

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  • CSC job cuts

    13 years of dedicated loyalty - an expert from tech to management - loved his job - gave 110% and to be one of the first shown the door.
    Recession just an excuse to cut numbers and make a bigger profit margin.
    anonymous
  • Streamlining

    Implementing a business strategy to streamline and align resources to best meet current and future business needs, while providing the highest quality of services to our clients - let's see that equates to less people more accounts for them to take on board and poor quality service for overworked Aussies unless you take into consideration the fact that a majority of accounts will be handled in KL not Australia - but its ok for redundancies isn't Kevin Rudd!!!
    anonymous
  • CSC Redundantcies - Mixed Blessings

    Loyalties these days mean little today. The only thing that you will get from being loyal to a large company these days is disappointment.

    Loyalties these days mean little today. The only thing that you will get from being loyal to a large company these days is disappointment.

    Being retrenched from CSC is a mixed blessing. You'll get your severance package from a company that is neglectful to its most valuable assets - its employees.

    Salary freezes this year mean that those people like myself, that over performed last year and underpaid skill wise, will be jumping ship. I am composing my CVs as we speak.
    Think of this as a boost to be successful somewhere else. :-)
    anonymous
  • Crap Employers

    I hope this opens the eyes of many. These organisations are so far away from being the 'employers of choice' they claim to be that it's a joke. Outsourcers are rubbish employers. I worked for two - never will again.
    anonymous
  • Crap Employers Version 2

    Yes I too worked for two out of the big three for a combined 8 years and I would never ever ever work for these companies again. The staff are of little importance and there treatment is poor often bordering on illegal. They are a disgrace
    anonymous
  • Crap Employers Version 3.1

    I guess the story is same everywhere. The GFC, recession or whatever has brought out one thing very clearly: these big employers don't care two hoots about their supposedly most valuable asset - their employees. I say don't waste your life on them.
    anonymous
  • Outsourcers

    Cough, cough, Unisys!

    "Simplify and reduce", freeze pay rises, cut all benefits, even the vending machines had to go. And a call centre where they want customer service but need you to achieve stats targets controlled by the customers.
    anonymous
  • Crap Employers

    I agree, having worked for 'the' company for many years. Sales staff agree near imposible deals with customers and then expect their project managers to deliver and clean up the mess. I lived through 4 restructures but jumped ship last year and have never been happier.
    anonymous
  • As long as they get their bonus

    CSC employees were forced to take annual leave on several occassions before these redundencies. This was to ensure the execs got their bonuses......I mean, this was to ensure employees would not be retrenched. Of course, as soon as the execs got their bonus and the new financial year started, the retrenchments commenced straight away. We all suspected that was going to be the case, yet we stupidly hoped, this time, they were telling us the truth.
    anonymous
  • Yeah - crap

    I worked for Unisys West. Idiots. 'nuff said.
    anonymous
  • Me too

    Unisys West...bwhahahaha...what a joke. Are they even around anymore? Fresh thinking...was their motto as a I recall....bwhahahahaha....
    anonymous
  • Crap Employees

    Stop whinging you bunch of good for nothing free-loaders.

    You're obviously no good at your job and need to be culled for the benefit of the company and the wider community at large.
    anonymous
  • Uh-Huh

    That would be why I left one of the big three, instantly increased my income by $30k and have been promoted three times in the current org I work for. Yeah - clearly useless..go back to reading (and even worse - believing) the company brochures you clown.
    anonymous