Getronics cuts out middle management

Twelve staff have been retrenched in a middle management fat-trimming exercise at network services giant Getronics.

Getronics purchased Wang Global for close to $US2 billion in May this year, and the retrenchments are a result of a post-acquisition business consolidation, according to Robin Dixon, Getronics Australia managing director.

Dixon said there was "some overlap" in roles after the Wang acquisition. The retrenchments, made over the past week, were mostly regional manager positions, Dixon said.

He said the retrenchments were made in an effort to "orient the skills base to the direction of the organisation".

"We did it [the retrenchments] as early as we could, but you can never get the timing right on these things," Dixon said.

However, Dixon said Getronics had actually increased its local headcount, employing 24 people in the last four months. Those staff were technical staff, rather than managers, Dixon said.

The job losses come in the wake of a "pretty good" year for Getronics locally, Dixon said. The company won significant contracts, including business with the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce, Deutsche Bank, TabCorp in Victoria and Network Gaming in Tasmania, he said.