IBM latest to announce layoffs, plans to cut 3,900 jobs

By Pooja Malik
January 26, 2023, Updated on : Thu Jan 26 2023 10:03:02 GMT+0000
IBM latest to announce layoffs, plans to cut 3,900 jobs
The company was still committed to hiring for client-facing research and development, CFO James Kavanaugh said.
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International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) announced laying off 3,900 employees—or 1.5% of its global workforce—as part of the company's asset sales as it fell short of its annual cash target.


The company was still committed to hiring for client-facing research and development, CFO James Kavanaugh told Reuters.


The cuts will focus on employees in the spin-off of its IT infrastructure business Kyndryl that was officially separated from IBM in November, as well as the Watson Health unit—an investment firm IBM is in the process of acquiring.

According to a company spokesperson, the cutoffs will cost the company about $300 million this quarter.

IBM announced the layoffs during a conference call, reporting its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2022.

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The company’s cash flow in 2022 was $9.3 billion due to higher-than-expected working capital needs, which was below its target of $10 billion.


Kavanaugh said that the company’s current headcount is 2,60,000, which is about 22,000 lower than the figure disclosed for December 2021.


IBM’s revenue increased by 5.5% in 2022 for the second consecutive year after almost a decade of no growth or slipping sales.


The company foresees annual revenue growth weaker than the 12% it reported last year, in the mid-single digits on constant currency terms.


This comes amid SAP Labs also announcing that it will cut 3,000 jobs. Tech giants Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Meta have all announced layoffs over the past weeks, bringing uncertainty to the tech sector amid unfavourable macroeconomic conditions and recession fears.


Edited by Kanishk Singh

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