The IT firm Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) has announced a 90-day consultation period after its decision to make up to 640 of its UK employees redundant. The company's British headquarters are in Aldershot in Hampshire. Although it is a global firm CSC has staff at more than 100 sites across the UK and Ireland. It has not been revealed exactly where the posts will go.
The news comes just a day after British Gas announced 550 job losses at its call centre in Southampton.
CSC issued a statement saying that the job losses were needed because of the changing nature of the IT industry. The company said it needed to be more competitive, and that its customers wanted new services with different types of contracts.
The union 'Unite' said the decision was a body blow which had devastated CSC's workers.