The International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) has seen a 35% decline in its workforce in the last 10 years. That’s according to a tradingplatforms.com data analysis.
The technology and consulting company has recorded a downward trajectory in its revenue for the past few years. Thus it has looked to layoffs as one of its restructuring strategies.
Speaking on the development, tradingplatforms.com’s Edith Reads says, “Recently, IBM has taken annual restructuring charges of between $450 million and $1.5 billion, which she estimated have resulted in workforce reductions of between 6,000 and 22,000 per year.”
Low demand for services
The company’s revenue has been declining since 2011, when it peaked at a record 106.9 billion U.S. dollars. Big Blue has been struggling to pivot its global business after a trend of poor results rocked the firm’s bottom line.
In 2017, IBM failed to grow its top and bottom lines for 21 straight quarters in Britain, resulting in leadership changes and repeated job cuts. This played out across the firm’s global workforce – with IBM offloading several workers over the following years.
Moreover, between 2018 and 2019, the corporation saw a massive decline in its revenue by almost 27%. In Q1 2020, IBM reported $17.6 billion in revenues, a 3.4% year-on-year decline attributed to “an unprecedented business climate.” Its net income was $1.2 billion, representing a 26% year-on-year decline.
IBM struggles to adjust to the market shift
IBM has been facing stiff competition from other companies. Its decline can be attributed primarily to the rise of cloud computing services offered by other establishments like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP).
These companies provide services that are much more affordable than IBM’s offerings at present. Despite these challenges, IBM remains optimistic about a turnaround.
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