Integ reduces headcount

Integ reduces headcount

Integrator cuts six field engineers in line with plans to focus on core corporate and government business

Integ has retrenched six staff

Integ has retrenched six staff

UXC subsidiary, Integ, has retrenched six staff as part of plans to focus on higher-end corporate and government work.

Integ CEO, Ian Poole, confirmed the company had cut six field engineers but denied the decision stemmed from the economic downturn. The staff had been providing project management, implementation and delivery services for the integrator’s smaller telco systems offering, aimed at organisations with 200 or less users.

“We were always going to do this around this time – the decision is part of our new strategic direction for the 2009 financial year,” Poole said. “We wanted to expand our outsourcing services for non-core parts of our business, so that we could focus more on core offerings.

“In the past, we’ve done the services for these smaller systems ourselves… we want to focus on the medium to large corporate and government markets, which is where most of our business is.”

Integ had previously dealt with a third-party agency on an ad-hoc basis and was now negotiating a formal outsourcing agreement for them to takeover the smaller systems work, Poole said.

The company now has 159 staff. Despite the latest cuts, Poole said it aimed to recruit more people in consulting, pre-sales and high-level design in the New Year.

“They are the toughest areas of the market to get people because you need business and technical skills,” he said. “We have programs internally to build these capabilities in-house as much as we can and we’re participating in UXC’s graduate program.”

Poole also said Integ’s project pipeline had never been stronger and hinted at several significant contracts.

“The big question market is whether projects will be delayed,” he said.

Integ is one of several integrators to cut staff in recent weeks. Its parent company, UXC, blamed its decision to shed about a dozen staff from various parts of the business on the slowing economic climate. ASX-listed player, Data#3 (ASX: DTL) also cut staff last month after witnessing a downturn.

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