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April 4, 2009

Nationwide makes more job cuts – 480 out

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. has eliminated 480 information technology jobs, the company said Friday.

The cuts include 230 Nationwide employees and 250 contract workers, said spokesman Eric Hardgrove.

Source: Business First of Columbus

March 18, 2009

Report: IT Employment Decline Moderates in February

Filed under: FYI,IT,IT consulting,US — 7macaw @ 11:06 am
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After dropping markedly in December (56,000 jobs or 1.4%) and January (46,000 jobs or 1.15%), the decline in IT employment moderated in February dropping by (17,000 jobs or .43%), according to the National Association of Computer Consultant Businesses (NACCB), which tracks monthly IT employment.

After peaking in November with over 4 million jobs and dropping the subsequent three months,
IT employment stands at 3,938,800. Despite the drop over the last three months, IT employment
was effectively flat (-.23%) year-over-year, outperforming the general employment marketplace
which shed more than 4 million jobs (-3.02%) over the same time period
.

Source: NACCB Report[pdf]

March 17, 2009

Kaiser to cut 860 information technology jobs

According to SFGate: “Kaiser Permanente is cutting 860 information technology jobs nationwide under a realignment that includes a $500 million deal giving IBM management duties at Kaiser’s medical records data centers.”

“The Oakland health maintenance organization, which has spent as much as $5 billion over the past five years building up its electronic records system, said Monday it has inked a seven-year deal with IBM to maximize the performance of its data processing units.”

“In a separate action, Kaiser is eliminating an additional 160 information technology jobs scattered across 30 locations as it pares back spending due to the impact of the economic downturn.”

“Of the 700 staffers affected by the IBM deal, 500 work at one of the California data centers, which are located in Pasadena, Corona, Napa, Walnut Creek and Irvine

~News submitted by Jack R.

February 27, 2009

Indian Firms, Microsoft Top H-1B List

Indian outsourcers, along with Microsoft and Google, again lead the list of companies bringing foreign workers to the U.S. on the H-1B visa program.

According to U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS), Four India-based companies topped the list:

Infosys Technologies (INFY, India): 4,559 H-1B visas approved in 2008, 4,559 in 2007
Wipro (WIT, India): 2,678 H-1B visas approved in 2008; 2,567 in 2007
Satyam (SAY, India): 1,917 H-1B visas approved in 2008; 1,396 in 2007
Tata (TCS.BO, India): 1,539 H-1B visas approved in 2008; 797 in 2007
Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT): 1,018 H-1B visas approved in 2008; 959 in 2007
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG): 248 H-1B visas approved in 2008
Lehman Brothers: 130 H-1B visas approved in 2008

In fiscal year 2007, six of the top 10 visa recipients were based in India; two others among the top 10, Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTSH) and UST Global, are headquartered in the U.S. but have most of their operations in India, according to BusinessWeek

  • The H-1B program, which started in 1990, was set up to allow U.S. companies to import the best and brightest in technology, engineering, and other fields when such workers are in short supply domestically.
  • The H-1B visa program is currently capped at 65,000 per year, with another 20,000 set aside for advanced-degree graduates of U.S. universities.

USCIS will begin taking H-1B applications for the next fiscal year on April 1 and will distribute the new visas on Oct. 1.

Source: U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS)

February 26, 2009

Microsoft slashes contract worker rates by 10 pct

According to AP, CNBC: “Microsoft Corp. is slashing overtime, hours and pay for U.S. temporary workers as part of an overall push to curb expenses during the recession.

Microsoft will cut what it pays the staffing agencies by 10 percent for current projects and won’t raise the rate it pays for temporary workers who return after a mandatory annual 100-day break. The company also plans to reduce overtime and the total number of hours clocked by temporary workers.”

~News submitted by upthecreek

Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz Revamps Management

According to BusinessWeek: “New Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz just announced in a detail-free blog post the much-anticipated shakeup of Yahoo’s management ranks. Although she didn’t say what the reorganization would involve beyond making the setup simpler, some current executives clearly won’t be part of it. This morning, Yahoo said Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen will be leaving, only a day after he made a presentation at a tech conference.”

Yahoo structure changes in breif:

  • Tech and Product groups will be combined
  • There are now two regions – North America and International
  • Mobile will continue to be a key priority for Yahoo
  • A Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) role has been created
  • A new group created: Customer Advocacy group
  • A new team created: Service Engineering & Operations (SE&O) team
  • Changes in HR led by David Windley, Legal led by Michael Callahan, Chief of stuff: Joel Jones, CFO position: vacant
  • This structure is designed to last two to four years

February 14, 2009

U.S. announces arrests in several states alleging H1B visa fraud

According to ComputerWorld: ” Federal agents on Thursday said they arrested 11 people in six states in a crackdown on H-1B visa fraud and unsealed documents that detail how the visa process was used to undercut the salaries of U.S. workers.”

“The arrests were carried out by federal, state and local agents working in Iowa, California, Massachusetts, Texas, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and New Jersey. The government’s action “is the result of an extensive, ongoing investigation into suspected H-1B visa fraud, mail fraud and conspiracy,” said Matthew Whitaker, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Iowa, in a statement.”

“The company that seemed to get the most attention from federal authorities is Vision Systems Group Inc., which authorities said had its principal places of business in Somerset and South Plainfield, N.J., and an office in Coon Rapids, Iowa. The company was cited in a 10-count indictment.”

ComputerWorld worte on October, 2008: “An internal report by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) examining the H-1B visa program has found evidence of forged documents and fake degrees, and even “shell” companies giving addresses of fake locations.”

Update: The government arrested on conspiracy and mail fraud Shiva Neeli in Boston, Ramakrishna Maguluri in Atlanta, Villiappan Subbaiah in Dallas, Suresh Pola in Pennsylvania, Karambir Yadav in Louisville, Ky., Amit Justa and Venkata Guduru, both in New Jersey, and Vijay Myneni in San Jose. Charged with conspiracy, mail fraud and wire fraud was Vishnu Reddy in Los Angeles and Chockalingam Palaniappan in San Jose, who operated a company named Pacific West Corp. in Santa Clara, Calif.

February 9, 2009

Yet Another Scandal for ‘India’s Enron’ (Satyam Computer Services)

According to FoxNews: “Satyam Computer Services Ltd., the Indian tech giant at the center of a $1 billion executive fraud and a World Bank ethics scandal, is involved in yet another kind of debacle — this time at the United Nations’ public health arm, the World Health Organization (WHO).

At issue is Satyam’s role in the development of a $55.5 million global business management system for WHO, which was slated to become the master control for staffing, financial payments and procurement by the organization by an initial deadline of September 2007.

That deadline has long since passed, and instead, according to documents obtained by FOX News, the project is far behind schedule, wallowing in glitches that have deeply affected WHO operations, and, despite management claims to the contrary, likely to end up far exceeding its budget.

Moreover, according to the documents, in the push to get at least part of the system up and running by last summer, Satyam ignored the instructions of the software’s manufacturer, Oracle, for implementing the complex system; ran user tests that validated the system without “being able to replicate a real-life situation,” provided little or no training to WHO employees; and failed to adequately involve health care professionals who see the system as a vital tool, among a host of other failings.”

February 4, 2009

Cisco Systems: possible large jobs cut in 2009

According to CNNMoney: “The global economic downturn will continue to hammer computer networking giant Cisco Systems Inc., chief executive John Chambers said Wednesday.

In its current quarter, Cisco expects to see revenue decline between 15% and 20%, he said in a conference call with analysts.”

“We are not going to consider (layoffs) at this time,” chief executive John Chambers said. But he added, that if Cisco was forced to cut jobs, it would likely be a large cut of about 10% of its workforce.

  • Cisco employed 67,318 workers worldwide at the end of the second quarter.

India: Software and service exports to grow 16-17% in 2009

Filed under: H1B,India,IT,IT consulting,Technology,US — DF @ 5:48 pm
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According to India Times: “IT-BPO industry association Nasscom on Wednesday said software and service exports will grow 16-17% in 2008-09 to $47 billion, lower than earlier estimates of $50 billion as the global economic slowdown dampened demand.

The association had also estimated total IT-BPO revenues to grow 21-24% in the current fiscal. As per revised estimates, the total IT soft-ware and services revenues, including domestic revenues, are poised to grow 15.3% in FY09 to $60 billion. The total IT- BPO industry, including hardware, will be worth $71.7 billion in FY09.”

India: IT vendors set to grow lean as contracts assume a fixed price

Filed under: India,IT,IT consulting,outsourcing,US — DF @ 5:35 pm
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According to IndiaTimes: “CHENNAI: The last quarter has seen IT service providers facing requests from clients to restructure their relationship contracts as well as statement of work. Some clients have sought a discount in pricing in return for assurance of projects for a given time period. A recent report from Zinnov management consulting has indicated that tier II vendors have had to offer 25% discount on pricing to obtain commitment from their clients through the year 2009.”

January 20, 2009

UK: IT jobs decline by 24% in three months

Filed under: IT,IT consulting,UK — DF @ 1:15 pm
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According to ComputerWeekly: “Compared to the previous quarter, there were 24.3% fewer jobs advertised from October to December than there were from July to September.

Some job roles saw larger drops in demand than others. Skills still in demand include Oracle, Java, SQL, C#, .net and SAP.”

Finance is still the most affected sector, with a drop of 32.1% in demand. Software houses saw demand fall 21.6%, and manufacturing, retail and media all saw falls. The public sector was the only one to buck the trend, with 9.5% more jobs being advertised since the previous quarter.”

“Recruitment is down by 27.5% in the north east of England, 17% in Scotland, 22.1% in the south of England, and 10% in Wales and the west of England.”

January 13, 2009

India: Infosys Q3 net rises 33% on higher earnings growth

Filed under: FYI,India,IT,IT consulting,News — DF @ 3:16 pm
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According to TheHinduBusinessLine (India): “Infosys posted better-than-expected earnings growth for the December quarter aided by a weaker rupee and improved operational efficiencies, but missed its forecast in dollar terms hurt by volatile currencies.”

Infosys added 30 new clients during the quarter, and the gross employee addition was 5,997. Mr T.V. Mohandas Pai, Member of the Board, said the number of employees joining during the fiscal has been increased to 27,000 from 25,000.”

January 11, 2009

Indian IT union expects at least 50,000 job losses in India

Filed under: India,IT,IT consulting,outsourcing,worldwide — 7macaw @ 8:26 am
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The Union of Information Technology Enabled Services (UNITES) Professionals, India anticipates at least 50,000 job losses in the first half of the new year, owing to the global recession.

UNITES general secretary, Karthik Shekhar, a computer engineer, formerly with International Business Machines (IBM), says the prediction of another 50,000 job losses has been estimated from the uncertainty of U.S. president-elect Barack Obama’s new policy on outsourcing, the bail packages by the British government and financial institutions which may result in conditions being imposed on local jobs.

[I]ndustry’s economic links to the U.S. and Britain’s recessions have played havoc on the local scene, with at least 10,000 jobs in the industry being lost between September 2008 and December 2008. Others, mostly junior level executives, have taken salary cuts ranging from 25 percent to as high as 75 percent.

Source: Manufacturing Business Technology

January 9, 2009

Satyam’s Computer Services Chairman Arrested , Board Sacked, in Fraud Probe

According to Bloomberg: “Satyam Computer Services Ltd. chairman Ramalinga Raju and his brother Rama were arrested and the remaining directors of the software exporter sacked, as India started investigating an alleged $1 billion fraud.”

“Satyam, India’s fourth-largest software exporter, plunged for a second day in Mumbai trading on concern it may run out of money after Raju said he falsified the accounts “for several years.” The scandal, whose scope is being likened to the 2001 bankruptcy of Enron Corp., has shaken confidence in Indian companies and accounting standards.

“The Satyam case is an aberration,” Prem Chand Gupta, the Corporate Affairs Minister said. “The credibility of the Indian corporate sector in general, and IT sector in particular, should not be allowed to suffer because of this.”, according to BBC

Update (01-10-2009): “The chief financial officer of India’s Satyam Computer Services Ltd. was arrested Saturday, the third person taken into custody in a scandal that began when the company’s chairman admitted inflating profits with “fictitious” assets and non-existent cash.

Company founder B. Ramalinga Raju and his brother, Rama Raju, Satyam’s managing director, were arrested Friday in connection with the scandal. In a letter written to investigators, B. Ramalinga Raju admitted that he and his brother were responsible for cooking the books at Satyam”, according to CNN

Satyam founder B. Ramalinga Raju

Satyam founder B. Ramalinga Raju

Update 2 (01-10-2009): According to Naatmad: “Satyam Computer Services, [..] has said it will take fewer people on board to cut costs due to the unstable global economic environment. The company is planning to hire only 8,000-10,000 people this fiscal as against 15,000 that it had earlier planned to recruit. [..] Around 250 employees were given the pink slip last quarter.”

Update 3 (01-14-2009): According to BusinessStandard (India): Satyam may get full-time directors in a week

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