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By | John Oates 18th May 2005 14:00

EDS UK cuts jobs

Calls for volunteers

EDS might have sneaked into profit for the last quarter but it doesn’t look like it's enough to safeguard jobs in the UK. The services giant sent an email earlier today to UK employees offering them voluntary redundancy.

According to an internal email obtained by El Reg, EDS staff at Applications and Information Technology Outsourcing have until 23 May to apply for voluntary redundancy. Appllications and Information Outsourcing make up about half of all EDS jobs in the UK.

A spokeswoman for EDS confirmed that the email had gone out this morning. She said: “We are looking to cut about 100 jobs from Applications and the same from ITO.”

Not all applications will necessarily be accepted. EDS employees who are over 50 years old will in effect be applying for early retirement but will have their applications considered in the same way.

If an application is accepted EDS will provide a quote of redundancy, or early retirement, settlement on 16 June. Effected staff will then have until 24 June to confirm their departure before leaving the company 29 June. ®

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