Span of IBM layoffs in RTP unknown

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK The company began laying off employees in its software division yesterday.

An IBM employee told Eyewitness News, layoffs are expected to span several divisions over the next couple of days.

Rumors of layoffs have been swarming message boards. Employees say they were told their jobs would be eliminated, according to a Wall Street Journal article.

Employees say IBM notified them of what is being called a "resource action." The employees receiving that information work for the company's software group in application development and marketing.

IBM has yet to confirm how many employees were affected by restructuring in 2008 or how many jobs may be in jeorpardy now.

Company spokesperson Doug Shelton issued the following statement to Eyewitness News Thursday:

"IBM continuously evaluates its mix of skills and resources throughout the year, and makes changes as needed. The nature of our business is such that we must constantly assess employee skills and resources and at any given time, give IBM the flexibility to match the current and future needs of our clients. Managing resources in this way will keep us competitive while adapting to the evolving needs of our clients. We are not going to discuss specific numbers or locations. But what I can tell you is that we anticipate some employees will find other positions within IBM, and we're helping them in that effort. "

According to technology industry restructuring trends, 4,000 IBM employees might be affected by resource actions this year. It is not clear how many of those employees will be U.S. workers.

IBM has facilities located in RTP. According to the company's Website, IBM's Triangle offices employ nearly 14,000 full-time workers.

Raleigh is the worldwide headquarters for IBM's networking hardware, retail store systems, personal systems group, and human resources.

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