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100 staff to lose jobs by August

PUBLISHED: 11:46 13 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:50 03 March 2010

THE process to cut back office staff numbers at Siemens Metering Services in Ipswich from 162 to around 50 is expected to be completed by August next year, The Evening Star can reveal today.

THE process to cut back office staff numbers at Siemens Metering Services in Ipswich from 162 to around 50 is expected to be completed by August next year, The Evening Star can reveal today.

When the company told employees in June that two thirds of their office workers would be losing their jobs, a one year time span was given.

But today a company spokeswoman said that job losses would be phased out from January next year with the process completed by August. This would give a further two months for the company to help staff find alternative employment.

Siemens Metering bought Eastern Metering Services (part of the Eastern group) in August last year and merged it with its own operations across the country.

The merging caused duplications with some office jobs and after conducting a detailed assessment it was decided to run their data centre for operations from Wallaton, in Nottingham.

Siemens, which is of German origin and with a strong foothold in the electronics and electricity engineering sector, said that job losses would be at Ipswich but they were not closing down their office in the town or pulling out.

The company employs about 700 people in East Anglia, the vast majority of them are field-based operations staff who are totally unaffected by the changes at Ipswich.

There are no plans to move staff out of the Constantine Road premises which has been the metering services home since they were part of the Eastern Group.

"But we will probably be located on just one floor of Constantine House instead of our present two," said a company spokeswoman.

She added: "We are operating a phased voluntary redundancy scheme to cut back on duplications in office jobs which are the only ones affected.

"Support services are in operation to help, advise and guide staff into fresh employment. We also have a full out-placement scheme to help staff find new jobs, she added.

The Siemens group is probably better known for its mobile phones and household appliances but it is also a leading independent provider of utility metering services in the UK.

Soon after buying the section from Eastern last year Siemens began a detailed assessment of how to co-ordinate its operation better but it stressed today that with the exception of taking away the doubling-up, they would be very much a part of the Ipswich scene.

"We need to keep a local presence in Ipswich for our customers and so data collection, meter operations, some support staff from finance, asset management, sales and marketing plus HR will remain here," the spokeswoman added.

Weblink: www.siemens.co.uk/

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