Ummmm.....there is a suggestion that a part of a part of EDS may lose up to 20% (but it is not clear if this is permanenet staff or contractors).
Stronger confirmation that 200 (yes, a whole 200) may go out of 16.5K.
700 have been offered the chance of voluntary redundancy (but presumably the expected hit rate is nowhere near 100%).
Is it a slow news week?
This doesn't sound like the massivve gutting of EDS that the headline hints at
Perhaps "a very few Blighty staff worry if they'll ever meet HP"?.
Compared, perhaps, to a far greater number who worry what will happen if they DO meet HP?
Redunancies are very rare these days anyway.
Any agressively managed large multi-national will just make working conditions a little less favourable to encourage the easily employable (those who would volunteer for redundancy anyway) jump ship for a better offer.
A pending merger will also make the upwardly technically mobile consider their future options carefully.
Lower head count, no extra expenditure, trebles all round.
Now an article comparing staff leaving and joining EDS in the months prior to the proposed aquisition/merger might give a much clearer picture of the true state of affairs but is perhaps a little harder to write.
Then again, most of El Reg are probably soaking up the rain in Bognor Regis at the moment - it is the middle of the silly season after all.