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October 01. 2013 8:42PM

Northeast Utilities announces layoffs for many IT workers

HARTFORD, Conn. — Northeast Utilities, the parent company of Public Service of New Hampshire, announced on Tuesday that it will be laying off half of its 400 information technology employees, and outsourcing much of the work.

“NU has announced that it will retain 200 IT employees and will partner with two outside companies to perform a portion of the necessary work going forward,” said Martin Murray, a PSNH and NU spokesperson.

“All 400 employees will have the opportunity to consider a voluntary severance package and will be asked to indicate in November whether or not they would like to take advantage of the package. The full transition is not expected to be complete until spring of next year,” he said.

Some of the IT work will be shifted to a pair of companies based in India, Infosys and TCS Consulting.

About 20 of the affected employees work in New Hampshire, Murray said, and NU expects the outside companies to hire at least 40 of the laid-off workers.

“The impact here in New Hampshire will not be known until IT employees across all three states indicate how they would like to proceed,” Murray said.



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