IBM has taken an axe to its US operation, slashing 300 US-based software jobs and 100 positions in its services division. However, the move will not impact its Australian software division, the company claims.
The job cuts come as part of an effort to reduce the number of people making face-to-face sales calls and emphasise other business areas such as software telesales and technical sales, IBM said. The software employees are being encouraged to apply for new positions in these sales areas, the spokesman said.
Katrina Troughton, general manager of IBM software group, Australia/New Zealand, said the US staff cuts will not impact the vendor’s Australian software group and the local division would not be reducing its number of face-to-face sales staff in order to focus on telesales.
“We’re seeing increased sales from key routes like telesales and increased sales through our channel partners, but our direct sales arm is also growing. We expect continued growth in all these areas,” said Troughton.
The 300 software job cuts represent less than one per cent of IBM's 38,000 worldwide software positions. The Armonk, New York, company has been trimming software jobs recently in an effort to reduce overlapping jobs and increase efficiency, IBM said.
The company laid off around 380 US software employees in September last year, and cut 200 more software jobs last November.
IBM has more than 315,000 employees worldwide.