Ericsson to offshore hundreds of contract positions
A quarter of support roles to go overseas
Ericsson is cutting back on its contract roster to the tune of "several hundred" UK staff, with the roles going out to India and Romania in the interests of lower costs.
Ericsson, one of the biggest suppliers of networking infrastructure to the cellular industry, said that support functions and office roles would be switched to "remote delivery" to save money, and pointed out that the network operators have been doing much the same thing.
The exact roles, and numbers, are still being worked out, but the company rep told us that it will be a couple of hundred jobs making up about 25 per cent of the staff involved in network management. The plan is to have the shift completed in the next six months or so.
Those affected are contracted staff, so there won't be any redundancies as such, just fewer people with jobs. ®
cheap != good
Or at least not always. Look at the offshoring mess made by banks, BT and other people. Try and get help for most things these days. You end up with someone stuck at the end of a terrible phone line, dealing with a script on a computer system that guides them through your bank statement debacle today and someone elses computer system failure tomorrow. Its not fair on them, or you. The only reason SonyEricsson think they can get away with it is some accountant has told the big boss he can squeeze an extra little bonus into his back pocket. He will then have a stack of cash and can cut out of SonyEricsson when the shit hits the fan and the customers leave. His CV says how much money he saved the company and how much he learnt about the inadequacy of the minions beneath him (who probably all told him offshoring was a bad move). With the CV he will be in an even plumber job with even bigger bonuses and pay before the redundancy notices are dry.
I'm fed up of permenant staff who are never round here because they are pulling sickies. Who is it that is actually paying them? Well - the tax payer in my particular case... or is it a victimless crime...
I do agree that being laid off at the drop of a hat is one of the risks you have to take on when you are a contractor.
This comes just as the offshoring bubble is bursting and Mumbai call-centre drones are leaving in their thousands, pissed off with the hours, the crap work, the conditions and the poor pay.
This will all go full circle soon enough as the job market smooths out the off-shoring ripple.