Bad news in the mobile phone sector, combined with a US economic slowdown, has meant many of the UK's high-tech workers have been facing redundancy. Big name firms haven't been slow in axing hundreds, or even thousands, of employees as they attempt to survive these difficult times.
Struggling dot-coms haven't had it much better either, with media group Emap only the latest to scale back its online commitments and cut staff.
Evidence shows, however, there is actually an acute shortage of qualified IT workers in the UK, and, generally, commentators are sure that -- although the bad times may continue into 2002 -- the tech industry just isn't going to go away.
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Tue, 03 Apr US economic slump means redundancies this side of the Atlantic Demand for US tech workers nearly halves
Mon, 02 Apr Information Technology Association of America study claims demand is down by 44 percent in the last year How safe is your tech job?
Thu, 29 Mar This ZDNet editorial asks an uncomfortable question: How safe is your tech job? It examines the root causes of the tech recession, and suggests a way out of the gloom Jobs cut as Emap halves Internet investment
Tue, 27 Mar Twenty percent of Web staff at UK publisher face the chop as online activity is scaled back UK jobs lost as Ericsson cuts costs
Tue, 27 Mar Mobile giants follow Motorola's lead in cutting staff numbers, in an attempt to ride the economic downturn IT skills shortage reaches crisis point
Fri, 23 Mar Permanent IT staff in seriously short supply, warns the Recruitment and Employment Confederation C&W to slash 4,000 jobs this year
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