Feeds

Sun outsources UK support engineers

40 unchuffed techies

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

New hybrid storage solutions

Sun Microsystems is to offload 40 UK engineers from its managed services business with an outsourcing contract due to begin on 1 September. The site based engineers - who provide front-line support for Sun servers at BT, Rolls Royce and major banks like Credit Suisse - learned last week that their roles had been put out to competitive tender. A consultation period between workers and managers will take place this month. We understand Sun’s customers will not be consulted over the move.

The move affects only site-based service engineers not staff from Sun's larger field services organisation. One of those affected, who asked to remain anonymous, said that staff felt "very angry and let down".

He said Sun's move was likely to affect service despite Sun's line that nothing would change for its customers: "Sun sees this as a way to cut headcount and save money but that’s really short sighted. Customers are tied into contracts for now but these contracts will eventually come up for renewal, by which time people will have moved on."

Sun declined to comment on the story. ®

Related stories

Heads roll but Blueprint stays - Sun
Sun axes core support professionals
Big.biz still keen to export jobs
Expat offshore firms slammed as 'unpatriotic'
Swansea Council IT staff threaten strike over outsourcing

Website security in corporate America

More from The Register

next story
JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!
Redmond sporran metrics get one in the ten ring
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
OECD lashes out at tax avoiding globocorps' location-flipping antics
You hear that, Amazon, Google, Microsoft et al?
Show us your Five-Eyes SECRETS says Privacy International
Refusal to disclose GCHQ canteen menus and prices triggers Euro Human Rights Court action
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.