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East Kilbride IT jobs 'under threat'

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Image caption More than 180 jobs could be lost at two sites in the UK

About 100 Scottish jobs could be lost at a company which provides IT support services for Scottish Power.

The global outsourcing group, Accenture, has recently taken on the contract to provide the work and said it is now reviewing operations.

More than 180 posts have been earmarked for closure between two sites in north Wales and East Kilbride.

The professionals union, Prospect, has condemned the move and said Accenture plans to outsource the work to India.

Prospect negotiator Malcolm Currie said: "Members are angry and disappointed at the decision to outsource this work to India, which came as a surprise to Prospect, given earlier discussions we had held with Scottish Power.

"This is not the consequence of UK skills shortages, but an attempt to save money by getting the work done more cheaply overseas.

"It makes no sense to lose vital skills and a loyal workforce in areas that have already been hard hit by the recession, yet these measures will take around £10m a year out of the UK economy."

'Changing needs'

Accenture would not confirm that the work was being outsourced but said the group was considering how best to provide the services to Scottish Power.

In a statement the company said: "Accenture is currently engaged in an employee consultation process with trade union and employee representatives to discuss proposed reductions to staff requirements on its outsourced engagement with Scottish Power.

"We have communicated with these employees and the trade unions about planned changes to staffing requirements based on changing business needs since they were transferred to Accenture in April."

Accenture said it expected the jobs cuts to be completed by the end of December 2010.

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