Aztrazenica doubles job cuts

Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca is cutting a further 6,000 jobs, taking the total planned job losses to 15,000 by 2013.

Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca is cutting a further 6,000 jobs, taking the total planned job losses to 15,000 by 2013.

The cost cutting programme includes outsourcing IT and cutting back on business support.

This will see a further 6,000 jobs cut on top of the 7,600 which began to be cut in 2007.

The company expects to save $2.5bn a year as a result of the programme. This is up from $1.4bn planned in the initial programme.

A spokeswoman at the company said that part of the total includes UK staff already transferred to IT service provider Infosys Technologies as part of a $1m outsourcing agreement. But more IT jobs could go as business support functions are cut back. "There will be [cuts in] some areas of business support which IT fits into," she added.

She said most of the workers affected have already been informed.

Infosys Technologies provides end-to-end application maintenance services to AstraZeneca's global operations in areas including manufacturing, supply chain, finance, human resources and other corporate functions.

In the latest announcement the company said it will rationalisation its global supply chain further and restructure the sales and marketing organisation and business infrastructure.

In March, the company signed a £47m five-year outsourcing contract with Cognizant to provide centralised data management services for its global clinical development programmes.

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