EDS NZ seeks staff despite global cuts

EDS NZ seeks staff despite global cuts

EDS New Zealand says it is crying out for staff, just as its US parent announces 15,000 to 20,000 job cuts.

The US cuts, announced last week by chairman and chief executive Michael Jordan, are aimed at pruning the company’s costs by 20%, equivalent to $US3 billion. The move follows the downgrading of EDS’s credit rating by agency Moodys, and 5000 layoffs that have already been inflicted on the company over the past year.

However, in New Zealand, EDS spokeswoman Adrienne Perry claims the scene is “a growth story” as it gains work from large corporates like Fonterra and through offshoring deals. Perry says EDS officials have stated that the jobcuts do not apply overseas.

EDS New Zealand has increased staff numbers between March 2003 and June 2004 by more than 200, to top 2300; with a further 90 people transferring recently from Fonterra on top of that.

The company claims to be No. 1 in the New Zealand servicing and outsourcing market, with revenue of $327 million and profits $16.9 million in 2003.

“We are in hiring mode,” Perry says.

The company has recently recruited 90 in contact centres; 60 in solutions, software testing and maintenance; 47 production engineers and 15 in IT support/remote monitoring.

Offshoring deals involving 20 overseas organisations are also creating jobs; it has 30 to 40 vacancies in its solutions centre, she says.

The offshore work is coming largely from the United States, but also from Britain and Australia, though Perry says she is not allowed to identify any of these customers.

EDS has an agreement with the New Zealand government to create 360 new jobs through offshoring work by March 2006, which the company says it is on track to achieve.

“Our staffing fluctuates with the ebb and flow of projects. There is growth [in New Zealand] in terms of jobs and financials,” Perry said

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