Update: IBM confirms US layoffs

IBM has confirmed it is laying off an undisclosed number of staff, after reports speculated the company would move up to four thousand Global Services jobs from the US to India.

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IBM has confirmed it is laying off an undisclosed number of staff, after reports speculated the company would move up to four thousand Global Services jobs from the US to India.

"This is a North American action. We are not communicating locations or the number of jobs as a result of this action," IBM said in a statement today.

IBM is planning to lay off about 4,000 US employees, with many of the jobs being transferred to India, newspaper the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the situation. The latest round of cuts target the company's global business-services unit, according to reports.

Positions affected could include application maintenance, application development and network management, versus on-site ERP (enterprise resource planning) implementation jobs, according to Forrester Research analyst Paul Roehrig, who said that he hadn't seen the Journal's report.

India has emerged as key location for IBM and other multinational services companies for the global delivery of services. IBM is estimated to have over 80,000 staff in services delivery and sales in India.

IBM has been steadily building its work force in India and other locations while reducing the number of workers based in the US, the Journal report said.

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