Boots to in-source 100 IT jobs back from IBM

Much of the IT infrastructure renewal programme under the 10-year, £710m deal is already complete

Boots is set to bring 100 IT jobs back in-house after renegotiating its £710m outsourcing contract with IBM.

The high street chemist initially signed the 10-year deal back in 2002, with the aim of saving £130m by overhauling its IT infrastructure.

But Boots announced its intention to scale back and renegotiate the outsourcing deal with IBM earlier this year, less than halfway through the decade-long contract, because much of the IT infrastructure renewal programme — including chip and PIN, new pharmacy systems and an SAP rollout — is now complete.

A spokesman for Boots confirmed the company is in talks with IBM to transfer 100 of the 500 IT jobs back in-house.

He said: "That's where the discussions have got to and we are now doing the fine details."

Boots is expected to provide an update on the in-sourcing and a supply chain overhaul later this week in its preliminary results for the financial year ended 31 March 2006.