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UpstreamOnline: Shell ‘to slash IT jobs’

By Upstream staff

Anglo-Dutch supermajor Shell is to outsource a “substantial” part of its information technology operations to cut costs, in a measure that may result in thousands of job losses.

A Shell spokewoman told Reuters today that the company was in negotiations with three companies about outsourcing the functions and that contracts should be signed in March 2008.

One employee told the Shell protest website that 3200 jobs could be lost, but the spokeswoman declined to confirm the numbers.

Shell sources said thousands of jobs could be involved but that many of these were contract positions rather than staff members.

An internal Shell email obtained by the website lists EDS, T-Systems – the business customer unit of Deutsche Telekom – AT&T as being the companies in final talks on taking on different aspects of the business.

EDS and T-Systems declined comment. AT&T was not available for comment.

21 December 2007 17:55 GMT  | last updated: 21 December 2007 17:55 GMT and its sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.

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