Accenture, a prominent tech staffing firm, is making significant workforce reductions in Austin, Texas, as part of its cost-cutting measures amidst a broader wave of layoffs in the technology industry. The Irish-American company, known for its information technology services and consulting, is a major employer in Austin and has a significant presence across Texas with offices in Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. While Accenture has contracts with tech giants like Google and Meta (formerly Facebook), some of these contracts have ended in recent months as companies aim to reduce costs.
According to the Austin Chamber of Commerce, Accenture has approximately 5,900 employees in Austin, making it one of the city’s largest technology employers. The layoffs come as many technology giants, including those with substantial operations in Austin, have let go of hundreds of employees due to the uncertain economic environment.
The layoff figures were disclosed in a WARN letter, which is mandated by the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. This federal requirement compels employers to provide notice to state governments in the event of significant workforce reductions.
An Accenture spokesperson stated that the company periodically adjusts its workforce to align with client needs on ongoing projects. The Austin layoffs follow a broader announcement made by Accenture in March, stating that the company would be cutting 19,000 employees globally over the next 18 months, accounting for approximately 2.5% of its workforce. Accenture indicated that over half of the cuts would affect non-billable corporate functions as part of the company’s efforts to streamline operations and reduce costs.
While the WARN notice does not specify the impacted positions in Austin, it does mention that a range of positions will be affected. The notice states that up to 549 individuals will be laid off, with their last working days falling between June 27 and September 8. The notice attributes the layoffs to a change in client contract requirements, which are expected to be permanent.
Despite the significant number of cuts, Accenture clarifies in the notice that the Austin facility will remain open. The company has already informed or will notify all affected employees at least 60 days before their last day of employment. Accenture emphasizes that it will rescind terminations if employees secure new roles within the company during the notice period, and it will support their efforts to find alternative positions.
While Accenture undergoes these workforce reductions, the tech industry as a whole has seen numerous layoffs. This trend has impacted the Central Texas tech workforce, including companies with substantial Austin-based operations such as Google, Tesla, and Meta. Recently, Intel confirmed nationwide layoffs across its organization, while Tesla CEO Elon Musk predicted ongoing economic uncertainty and potential bankruptcies for some companies during a shareholders meeting.
The layoffs at Accenture reflect the challenges faced by technology companies in adapting to the changing economic landscape. As affected employees seek new opportunities, the industry will continue to navigate the evolving dynamics of the tech job market.