With so many hunting for relatively few jobs, the grumbling about how the government is handling job-related issues is getting louder. Of those surveyed, 8 percent say President Bush is doing an "excellent" job on work issues, and 2 percent give Congress high marks.
Is it possible that no elected official will be taking credit for job creation during the next election? That would be a first ...
Meanwhile, the only thing Headcount can take credit for is bringing you this past week's most interesting hirings, firings, and other telecom employment news:
"Our current business case suggests moving one-third to one-half of our IT application work offshore. This equates to 600-900 positions over the next four years," says BellSouth in a memo about Project Horizon. The plan is supposed to save BellSouth $275 million over five years.
Meanwhile, union employees at Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today approved a two-year contract that locks in wages and allows for bonuses, if the company hits its earnings goals.
Also in the rumor mill: A source says Kevin Wiley, senior VP of sales at Next Level Communications (now Motorola), is moving on in the next few days -- a move that will have Next Level's salesforce reporting to Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) in Schaumburg, Ill. Headcount reached Wiley via cellphone, but Wiley said he couldn't comment on his own employment situation.
Finally, Headcount received a tip that Ceyba Inc. has shut down. Ceyba was not open for business today, but that's not surprising considering that today is a holiday in Canada. The story is plausible, though, given the company's recent layoffs (see Ceyba Rattling in Ottawa). But Headcount will find out for sure and will get the facts in a future column.
Here's a summary of other industry appointments (and disappointments) from the past several days:
- PhotonEx Hires NA Customer Chief
- Vodafone Adds Director
- Bookham Transformation Complete
- Cavium Gets $18M, Hires VP
- New Edge Names Sales VP
- Paradyne Replaces Director
- MCI Hires New General Counsel
- Acterna Plans Reorg, Names CFO
- NPF Adds System OEMs to Board
- Marconi Germany Gets Managing Director
- Intel Backs Down on Photonics
— Phil Harvey, Senior Editor, Light Reading