Thread regarding University of Southern California layoffs

The University of California is laying off a group of IT workers at its San Francisco campus as part of a plan to move work offshore.

The University of California is laying off a group of IT workers at its San Francisco campus as part of a plan to move work offshore. The layoffs will happen at the end of February, but before the final day arrives the IT employees expect to train foreign replacements from India-based IT services firm HCL. The firm is working under a university contract valued at $50 million over five years, This layoff affects 17% of UCSF's total IT staff, broken down this way: 9 IT permanent employees will lose their jobs, along with 12 contract employees and 18 vendor contractors. This number also includes 18 vacant IT positions that won't be filled, according to the university. Governments and publicly supported institutions, such as UC, have contracted with offshore outsourcers, but usually it's for new IT work or to supplement an existing project. Laying off IT workers as part of a shift to offshore is somewhere between rare and unheard-of in the public sector. The HCL contract with UCSF can be used by other UC campuses, the layoffs may expand. HCL is a top user of H-1B visa workers.

See: http://www.computerworld.com/article/3117602/it-outsourcing/university-of-california-to-send-some-it-jobs-to-india.html?nsdr=true

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wow! Even higher ed isn't safe. I just left "Big IT" for an IT job in higher ed, and this is disheartening to say the least.

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Heartbreaker...very sorry for you guys...please don't train the H1Bs...just leave the place as a team once it is announced...there's no wrong in it.

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