Fujitsu Plans 1800 UK Job Cuts

Fujitsu Plans 1,800 UK Job Cuts

The cuts will enable Fujitsu to "better support customers in the era of digital transformation," the company said and insisted the announcement was not linked to Britain's vote to leave the European Union.

IT giant Fujitsu (IW 1000/95) said on Oct. 11 that it was planning to cut up to 1,800 jobs in Britain as part of a restructuring program.

The company said the plan was to streamline its operations and make it more competitive in a global information technology market.

Fujitsu insisted the announcement was not linked to Britain's vote to leave the European Union.

The program will enable Fujitsu to "better support customers in the era of digital transformation," the company said.

The restructuring should mean the firm can "provide better service and respond more quickly to customer needs," it claimed.

"As part of the program, Fujitsu plans to streamline operations in order to remain competitive in the market.

"Proposed measures include changes which would result in a reduction of up to 1,800 jobs in the UK."

A spokeswoman said that no jobs would go before 2017 and Fujitsu would be able to give clearer details on job losses next year.

Shares in Fujitsu soared last week on news it was considering merging its struggling personal computer division with China's Lenovo, the world's biggest PC maker.

Japanese personal computer makers have been scaling back their businesses as consumers move to mobile devices to check e-mail or use the web.

Once mighty Japanese firms have been selling off assets in recent years as they struggle to reorganize in the face of stiff competition from lower-cost rivals overseas, including in China and South Korea.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2016

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