KPMG restructure cuts IT jobs in two cities

Accounting firm KPMG is restructuring and downsizing its IT department in a move which will cost about six jobs in Sydney and Melbourne.

KPMG has more than 100 staff in its IT systems area but the restructuring impacts only the IT Service Group, a 40-strong team of internal support staff, a spokesperson said.

According to a leaked corporate e-mail, all staff in the service group have been asked to re-apply for their positions.

KPMG corporate communications head Kate Dennis confirmed the IT services group is undergoing a "re-alignment". A lower volume of work and increased work efficiencies were driving the changes, Dennis said.

The restructuring will effectively reduce the numbers of IT staff offering narrowly specialised skills.

KPMG is in the process of creating broader roles in response to changing business needs and is identifying staff with multiple skill sets to fill those roles.

The move is not connected with the October 3 buyout of KPMG's consulting arm by KPMG Consulting Inc in the US, Dennis said.ends

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