Japanese tech giant Fujitsu will axe nearly 2,000 jobs as part of a "strategic transformation" which it says is not linked to the Brexit vote.
Fujitsu said today that it plans to streamline operations resulting in a reduction on up to 1,800 jobs in the UK.
The move will affect workers at its major sites in Belfast, Bracknell, Crewe, Londonderry/Derry, Manchester, Stevenage, Wakefield and Warrington.
"All affected employees will be offered guidance and support and Fujitsu is establishing a consultation process with elected employee representatives," the company said in a statement.
Fujitsu is embarking on a restructuring programme enabling it to provide a better service and respond more quickly to customer needs in the digital age.
A Fujitsu spokesperson said that the announcement was not linked to Britain's vote to leave the European Union on 23 June.
Unite national officer for IT, Ian Tonks, said that Fujitsu employees could rely on the union's backing in challenging Fujitsu's actions.
"This is a hammer blow for these hardworking employees who have given their all to make the UK subsidiary highly profitable," he said in a statement.
"It is not good news for the UK economy as the company says that it intends to offshore many of these jobs, with increased automation also responsible for job losses."