IBM Global Services this week laid off 720 employees as part of a regular review process, a company representative said.
"The nature of the services business is that you have to have the right skill for the projects you're doing at any given time and in the future," the representative said.
The layoffs, which were scattered around the United States, affect less than half a percent of IBM Services' global employee roster, which numbers about 180,000, he said. The company employs about 315,000 worldwide.
The job cuts come after thelast week in the company's Software Group, as part of a similar review process. Earlier this year, in its Microelectronics division. Those cuts came as part of an effort to return the chip unit to profitability, the company said at the time.
But IBM eliminated far fewer jobs in 2003 than it did in 2002, when itin an effort to cut costs.
All employees affected by the services job cuts will be offered the opportunity to apply for other positions within IBM, the representative said.