According to Challenger, which began issuing its high-tech job cut reports in January 2001, the first-quarter figure is the lowest on record.
Technology cuts represented 11% of the 262,840 job cuts announced in all industries during the three-month period, down from 17% in the first quarter of 2003. By contrast, technology accounted for 32% of all cuts in 2002 and 36% of all cuts in 2001.
"This may not mean that telecom is the weakest of the technology industries, but it is clearly the most volatile," said John Challenger, CEO of Challenger. "Overall, technology job cuts appear to be waning, a trend which may temper some of the increasingly heated debate over the controversial practice of offshore outsourcing. However, while the latest survey data show that offshore outsourcing is not leading to a surge in job-cut announcements, one can still argue that it is slowing job creation in technology."
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