Draining the swamp
This is about the 6th or 7th round voluntary/compulsory redundancy programmes that big blue has run over the past 2 or 3 years, which mostly hit the technical delivery teams (occasionally a few managers or sales goons who are approaching retirement age will take advantage of the opportunity to leave with an extra cash bung).
Its probably safe to assume that by now, all of the dead wood must be gone so the staff that are left must therefore be the cream of the crop. Any further redundancy programmes at this point will be getting rid of good experienced technical staff and must inevitably hurt IBM's delivery capability. (I'm not arguing that big blue could certainly do with thinning the bloated management herd - it has far too many managers that certainly wouldn't be missed!)
But there is also an economic bombshell to this relentless offshoring to lower wage countries. If you lay off a UK staffer and move his/her job to Bangalore, that UK person no longer has a wage that can be taxed, s/he no longer has money to spend, and s/he could even end up claiming benefits to survive.
IT companies, Banks, Insurance companies - they're all doing it, relentlessly offshoring IT resources and call centres just to save money on the wage bill. And its not because they have to do this to survive - its to protect the profit margins. These companies already make money - they're just being greedy and wanting to make more at the expense of UK jobs.
But in doing so, they're cheating the UK economy and pumping money into foreign economies.
Its about time the UK government wised up to this and legislated against UK companies offshoring jobs. If a company does business or provides services in the UK, it should employ the people who deliver those services in the UK.