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.

March 4, 2009

U.S. private sector bleeds jobs, services slump deepens

Filed under: FYI,Services,unemployment,US — DF @ 12:08 pm
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According to Reuters: “U.S. private companies hemorrhaged nearly 700,000 jobs in February and the service sector slump deepened as the year-old recession showed little sign of abating, according to data released on Wednesday.

The private sector cut 697,000 jobs compared with 614,000 in January, according to an ADP Employer Services report that suggested hefty employment declines are on the way in the government’s more comprehensive payrolls data on Friday.”

February 24, 2009

Vodafone will cut 500 jobs in Britain

According to AFP: “British mobile phone giant Vodafone said Tuesday the group would axe 500 jobs in its home market as part of a cost-cutting programme that was unveiled last year.”

February 13, 2009

Hilton is planning more than 1,000 job losses

Hilton Hotels Corporation (HHC), the US hotel operator, is planning more than 1,000 job losses under a $250 million (£175 million) cost-cutting program. HHC, controlled by Blackstone Group, announced plans to close its corporate headquarters in Beverly Hills, California, and move to Virginia last week. The 500 staff at its Watford[,UK] international center also expect big job cuts.

HHC declined to comment although industry sources confirmed that its offices in Watford, Dubai and Singapore would all suffer job losses. Insiders expect at least half the employees in Watford to lose their jobs as the old Hilton International headquarters becomes a European center.

Source: Times Online

February 12, 2009

Compuware lays off 250 service workers

Filed under: Services,US — 7macaw @ 7:25 am
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Compuware Corp. laid off about 250 service workers Tuesday, cutting its total workforce by 4 percent, company officials said in a statement sent to The Detroit News today.

The Detroit-based software and technical services company didn’t say which locations were affected. Compuware has about 6,000 workers globally, including 3,300 employees at its downtown headquarters in Detroit.

Source: The Detroit News

January 29, 2009

Starbucks to cut 6,700 workers

Filed under: Services,US — 7macaw @ 8:00 am
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Starbucks Corp. said yesterday that it will eliminate about 6,700 jobs because of the difficult economy.

Starbucks said its profit dropped 69 percent in its fiscal first quarter, to $64.3 million. Starbucks said it will close 300 underperforming stores in addition to the 600 it already planned to close in the United States. The company had planned to open 200 stores in the United States but will scale back to 140.

Source: Baltimore Sun

December 17, 2008

Ryder to Eliminate 3,100 Jobs in Americas, Europe

According to Bloomberg: “Ryder System Inc., the biggest U.S. truck-leasing company, is cutting 3,100 jobs in the U.S., South America and Europe as the global economic crisis damps demand.

About 2,400 jobs will be eliminated in Europe, Brazil, Argentina and Chile as it ends operations in the three South American countries, the Miami-based company said today in a statement. Approximately 700 other positions that are mostly in the U.S. will also be dropped, Ryder said. “

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