Unilever considers outsourcing IT, HR jobs

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13 October 2005, AMSTERDAM — Anglo-Dutch consumer products giant Unilever is considering moving hundreds of Finance, Human Resources and IT jobs abroad, a company spokesperson confirmed on Thursday.

13 October 2005

AMSTERDAM — Anglo-Dutch consumer products giant Unilever is considering moving  hundreds of Finance, Human Resources and IT  jobs abroad, a company spokesperson confirmed on Thursday.

Unilever was responding to a report in the German edition of The Financial Times that suggested the company was considering outsourcing 2,500 jobs from around the world to Eastern Europe and India.

The Unilever said the figure quoted by the newspaper was "highly speculative" but he could not say how many jobs would go worldwide, or in the Netherlands.

But the company has confirmed it is looking to the possibility of outsource administration and IT functions and staff support services. Unilever has  IBM and Accenture as potential service providers. No definite decision has been taken on the issue, Unilever has emphasised.

Dutch trade unions were aware of Unilever's desire to outsource but they have not received information on how many jobs are in the firing line.

Unilever employs 234,000 people in about 100 countries worldwide.

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Subject: Dutch news

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