BA decides to cut 100 IT contractors

British Airways PLC (BA) has decided not to renew the contracts of around 100 of its IT contractors, the company said Monday.

The move is part of a strategy to reduce costs at the airline, according to BA spokeswoman Karen Franklin. "We have been reducing the number of our IT staff over the past couple of years," she said, adding that the company currently employs around 2,000 staff in its information management department.

Franklin wouldn't comment on whether or not the company's move would also affect spending on hardware and software, saying the company's general strategy is to reduce its costs. "We've tried to streamline costs in each and every department," she said.

No BA employees are affected by the decision, said Franklin, explaining that the airline will make the staff cut by not renewing contracts lasting between six and 12 months for about 100 contractors. The contractors will be let go over the next three months as their contracts expire, she said.

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