CARY – Media outlets in the Triangle reported Friday and Saturday that new layoffs are being made by SAS, but the global software firm is disputing those stories.
“The numbers and speculations referenced from third party sites are not accurate,” SAS spokesperson Shannon Heath told WRAL TechWire early Monday.
In fact, Heath said, the company continues to hire in some areas of operations and employees are given opportunities to apply for open positions if their current roles might be eliminated.
More than 150 open jobs are listed at the SAS jobs website.
“We explained earlier this year that as part of our normal business processes, we have been slowly shifting some divisional structures to better align with our corporate priorities and core focus areas,” Heath said.
“Offering skills development and internal career mobility with realignments is one way that we demonstrate our commitment to retaining talented employees and providing individual growth opportunities, while also ensuring we are making the right decisions for business growth.”
SAS recently announced plans to increase investment in artificial intelligence.
The company confirmed first to WRAL TechWire changes being made in its international sales operations. The privately held company continues to move toward a public offering of some stock in 2024.
“While some change is inevitable to prepare our company for the future, taking care of our people remains a top priority of SAS leadership,” Heath added. “The total impact for 2023 is expected to be approximately one percent of our total workforce, which includes the positions we discussed recently.”
SAS has some 12,000 employees spread across operations in 60 countries.
“Wherever possible, we offer internal career mobility options with realignments,” Heath added. “SAS continues to hire for positions in our core focus areas. You can always see our current job postings at sas.com/careers.”