Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Westpac Drops Outsourcing Plans to India

The Australia-based Westpac Banking Corporation has dropped its decision to offshore about 300 administrative jobs to India from its Concord West-based transactions and unsecured lending operations center. The center processes dishonored checks, electronic payrolls, Internet banking, and deceased estates. According to a statement by Westpac, the offshoring proposal did not meet their financial and stakeholder criteria.

The bank also reported that offshoring would not save as much as estimated earlier. The outsourcing plan would have affected about one-third of the center’s 1,000 member staff. The Finance Sector Union of Australia had earlier stated that about 50,000 jobs of the industry’s 280,000 jobs could be offshored.

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