Thread regarding IBM layoffs

10,000 to be laid off in 2018 (in GTS)

The "do not distribute" slide that is floating around has been published by The Register:


On the left-hand side are the current positions of the employees, referred to as "sources of release", and on the right-hand side are areas where IBM anticipates them moving to this calendar year, the "uses of release".

Starting with the (a) column on the right-hand side, IBM stated that 10,100 positions - including 1,700 staffers in the US and 8,400 internationally - are to be classified as “Attrition w/o backfill”.

The relevant dictionary definition of attrition is "the process of reducing something’s strength or effectiveness through sustained attack or pressure". In the case of IBM, it will not replace staff as they leave or their contract position is stopped/ not renewed.

Presumably IBM is basing this figure on previous years' data - the relentless grind of repeated redundancy programmes across GTS has seen morale on the shop floor deteriorate. Perhaps this will contribute to the numbers of heads that simply decide they've had enough and walk on.

Some 9,300 of those GTS positions (b-f on the chart) are to be redeployed to RFS, new business, cloud migration, pyramid roles and shoring roles.

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Middle management bloat certainly needs to be cleaned up in GTS.

Lets create more managers and cut heads at the support level << has finally caught up with them

But we all know they will cut heads at the bottom as GTS SOP goes

Company morale is-will remain dismal


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