CSC UK execs left sweating over local profit “challenges” have again opted to expunge costs from the business in a time-honoured fashion by strapping human capital to the employment cannons.
Not content with running one redundancy programme this summer – the first started in May with the aim of losing 248 jobs – top brass have initiated another round that will affect almost 100 staff.
“Our UK&I business is facing continued challenges to meet the required level of operating income got drive the business forward,” said Craig Wilson, regional general manager at CSC in a memo to staff, seen by us.
Wilson, who replaced Sanjiv Gossain earlier this year, confirmed CSC had “looked again at actions” to “transform our business and reduce costs to improve our profitability”.
The oh-so cunning four point plan, he said, involved “reducing sales costs”; addressing “over-capacity” in the sales force and within the “delivery organisations”; reducing leadership and senior management roles; and “increasing non-billable management span of control and improving utilisation”.
As such, CSC said it has identified 98 roles that “potentially could be removed for the UK and Ireland” organisation, and it has kicked off consultation about the proposals and the potential impact on the workforce.
Meetings with the UK Employee Forum – the local works council – Unite and other recognised trade unions are scheduled for the next few weeks.
CSC is buying Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Enterprise Services division, another business that has been through a series of major redundancy programmes to cut cost and reduce losses. The deal is expected to close by the end of March.
A CSS spokeswoman sent us a statement:
"In order to align skills and resources to the demands of the market business, we are restructuring our UK Sales organisation. This will result in a small number of job reductions across our sales force, which is currently over-staffed based on business demand.
"A Voluntary Redundancy (VR) programme is open for the sales community. Although it is expected that the majority of the job reductions will come through the VR programme, there will also be opportunities for employees to reskill, with the potential of joining other areas of CSC’s UK business.” ®