BA eyes techies from India to replace IT staff

More than 50 IT workers at British Airways reportedly face being replaced by temporary recruits flown in from India.

At least another 125 technology positions at the airline could also be lost to the Mumbai-run company that is sending over the initial 50 or so techies, Tata Consultancy Services.

Obtained by two national newspapers, details of the tie-up between BA and Tata suggest the move is part of the airline’s plan to outsource up to 80% of its IT departmental roles.

But speaking to MailOnline, a spokesman for British Airways defended the plan to export up to 720 UK jobs by saying that “keeping costs low” means its customers “get the best deals.”

A source familiar with the Tata tie-up confirmed to The Sun “it will be cheaper” for BA but said that just for “a few quid,” the airline’s long-serving IT workers faced losing their jobs.

“Our staff are being fully consulted on these proposals,” the BA spokesman told the Mail. “IT services are now provided globally by a range of suppliers and this is very common practice across all industries.”

Nov 03, 2015