ABN Amro considering outsourcing Dutch IT staff

ABN Amro considering outsourcing Dutch IT staff

ABN Amro is reportedly considering plans to outsource 1000 Dutch IT staff to Electronic Data Systems.

The move would extend a deal struck with EDS in 2002, under which 2000 network staff were transferred to the US tech outfit.

That agreement was presided over by Hugh Scott-Barrett, who co-led the restructuring of the firm's wholesale clients business (WCS). In November last year he was named chief operating officer and put in charge of Group Shared Services, a new unit established to create cost savings through consolidation and standardisation.

An ABN Amro spokesman has told Dow Jones that the bank is studying proposals to restructure its information technology services operations in the Netherlands, but that no decisions have yet been made. Options on the table include outsourcing, transferring services overseas, combining some of the operations with other parts of ABN Amro or leaving them untouched, he said.

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