Jobs worries as Cook deal goes offshore

The jobs of 240 UK consultants at Accenture could be at risk after the consultancy said it would move IT and administrative...

The jobs of 240 UK consultants at Accenture could be at risk after the consultancy said it would move IT and administrative support for an outsourcing contract with Thomas Cook to overseas centres.

IT staff working in technical services, applications management and service operations will be among those who could lose their jobs. These operations will be transferred to other Accenture centres, including India, between February and August 2005.

Two years ago Thomas Cook signed a 10-year £120m deal with Accenture to manage the company's finance and IT functions. About 400 Thomas Cook staff moved to the outsourcer under the deal. Thomas Cook recently extended the deal by two years, taking it to 2014.

In an internal memo to employees last month Thomas Cook UKchief executive Manny Fontenla-Novoa said the use of overseas service centres would help it to cut costs and compete in the increasingly competitive travel market.

A spokeswoman for Accenture said no decision had been taken about possible job losses. However, the company would seek to redeploy staff and offer early retirement.

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