Good on Tom Pullar-Strecker for ferreting this out in today’s DomPost, where he reports that Indian technology giants Tech Mahindra and Wipro are bidding for a huge information technology outsourcing contract at Telecom in competition with IBM and Hewlett-Packard, according to a report from Mumbai. There’s no doubt Telecom are looking at a potential very big outsourcing move which could take large numbers of Kiwi jobs offshore.
I just happened to have also been sent the article I think he based his story on which says that India’s top outsourcing vendors Tech Mahindra and Wipro, apart from multinational rivals IBM and HP, are currently in discussions with Telecom for a contract potentially worth up to $1 billion and plans to cut costs and improve profits by outsourcing non-core IT work.
All in line with information I’ve been given previously, which Telecom has been denying.
Two weeks ago Telecom announced it was axing 200 managers, mainly from Telecom Technology and Telecom shared services. It is my understanding that those jobs represent a workforce of between 1000 and 2000. There are a myriad of projects and other jobs within Telecom that will be affected.
Last week we saw Telstra Clear announces it will cut up to 170 call centre jobs in Christchurch and Paraparaumu to outsource them to the Philippines. Unrelated, but part of an ongoing and worrying trend.
Acrosss the ditch yesterday we saw Telstra announce it was axing 900 operations employees responsible for installing and maintaining the telco’s infrastructure networks, saying technology has made the roles redundant.
Telecom is contemplating massive change. I think they should come clean becasue there’s so many jobs at stake. I also think the government should pay attention. This is our telecommunications infrastructure.