As I mentioned in my Twitters on Thursday, I had the opportunity to speak with Deloitte’s National Director of Public Relations, Deborah Harrington, on the phone earlier.
Part of the plan is to align our headcount according to current and projected revenues. Like our competitors, we are affected by a number of economic events, including the overall slowdown in the U.S. and global economies.
27 August 2008
8:27 PM GMT
Dow Jones News Service
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(Updates spokesperson’s comments in fourth paragraph and adds comments from recruiter starting in the sixth paragraph.)
DOW JONES NEWSWIRES
Global accounting firm Deloitte & Touche LLP this week began layoffs that will reduce the 45,000-strong U.S. staff by “slightly less than 2%,” a company spokesperson said Wednesday. Layoffs will occur across all departments and offices of the firm.
“Part of the plan is to rightsize our headcount according to current and projected revenues,” spokesperson Deborah Harrington said in an e-mailed statement. “Like our competitors, we are affected by a number of economic events, including the overall slowdown in the U.S. and global economies.”
Harrington said Deloitte, like many other financial services firms, reduces its workforce annually to “meet the needs of our clients,” but did not say how this year’s cut compares to typical downsizings. While some of the reductions are based on performance reviews, Harrington said much of it is part of a cost-cutting measure.
-By Kejal Vyas, Dow Jones Newswires; 201-938-5460, firstname.lastname@example.org [ 08-27-08 1627ET ]