Fujitsu to cut 1800 jobs in UK
JAPANESE IT giant Fujitsu is planning to cut up to 1800 jobs in Britain as part of a restructuring program.
Fujitsu said the plan was to streamline its operations and make it more competitive in a global information technology market.
The layoffs amount to around 13 percent of its workforce in Britain and Ireland, where it claims to be the biggest Japanese employer with some 14,000 staff.
Fujitsu insisted the announcement was not linked to Britain’s vote in June to leave the European Union.
The program will enable Fujitsu to “better support customers in the era of digital transformation”, the company said in a statement.
A spokesperson told AFP 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 email or use the web. –