2017 is the planned completion date of the completion of its its HR transformation programme.
Tim Ringo, head of IBM Human Capital Management, told Personnel Today IBM would re-hire the workers as contractors for specific projects and when necessary use crowdsourcing.
He said it was only being considered at present.
"There would be no buildings costs, no pensions and no healthcare costs, making huge savings," he said.
Sounds like what in India is known as "The Bench."