IBM to cut jobs at New York site

IBM will eliminate some jobs in a cutback at its Endicott, New York, facility, the company confirmed Thursday.

About 225 employees, or 5 percent of the approximately 4,500 employees at the site, will be affected by the action, according to Todd Martin, an IBM spokesman in Endicott. Of those, about half will be offered other jobs in their current job categories within IBM, while about 112 will lose their jobs, he added.

The most significant cutback will be in the server division software group, with minor cuts in accounting and global finance, he said. The workers were informed Thursday of the changes, which will take place within 60 days, he said.

Martin indicated the changes are not part of broader cutbacks that according to various reports published during the last few weeks, including an article in the Wall Street Journal, could eliminate between 2 percent and 3 percent of IBM's jobs worldwide -- potentially totalling up to 8,000 or 9,000 jobs.

"This is a business unit looking at its business and determining what it needs to do to achieve efficiencies through the elimination of redundancies and consolidation of work," Martin said.

Todd Weiss of Computerworld, an IDG News Service sister publication, contributed to this report.

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