IBM trims 400 more US jobs

IBM Corp. has cut around 300 U.S.-based software jobs and 100 positions in its services division, a company spokesman said Thursday.

The job cuts come as part of an effort to reduce costs and emphasize 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.

The 300 software job cuts represent less than one percent 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 U.S. software employees in September of last year, and cut 200 more software jobs last November.

IBM has more than 315,000 employees worldwide.

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