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Jobs shifted to coastal cities

Jobs shifted to coastal cities
A management restructuring of Maersk Line in China will see jobs shifting from the line?s former country headquarters Beijing to three new cluster head offices - Qingdao, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

A management restructuring of Maersk Line in China will see jobs shifting from the line"s former country headquarters Beijing to three new cluster head offices - Qingdao, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

A management restructuring of Maersk Line in China will see jobs shifting from the line"s former country headquarters Beijing to three new cluster head offices - Qingdao, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

The firm is consolidating its current six areas headquartered in Qingdao, Shanghai, Xiamen, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong into three with head offices in Qingdao, Shanghai and Hong Kong, covering North China, East China and South China (including Hong Kong), said Shawn Jiang from the external relations & communication department.

The line expects the reorganisation to be completed by March this year and followed by ?no additional readjustment in the near future?.

The Danish firm stressed that the move was ?unrelated to the deteriorating commercial environment? and that ?significant lay-offs are not expected as an outcome of this exercise?.

?The reorganization takes place in order to simplify management structures and to enhance coordination between Maersk Line offices with an aim to improve further on service levels,? the firm said in a statement.

Mr Jiang did not provide details of how many employees will be affected but said: ?[The] number of positions with Maersk Line in Beijing will be significantly reduced. At the same time, it is important to note that a number of new positions will be created in the new cluster offices. The total number of positions with Maersk Line in Mainland China/Hong Kong is not expected to change significantly as a consequence of this reorganization.?

?We have announced the reorganization plans more than a year ago and the restructuring would have taken place irrespective of the challenges faced by our industry.?

The three new cluster offices will be under the control of Maersk"s north Asia regional office in Hong Kong after the restructuring.

Maersk has just finished grouping its four regional offices in Asia pacific into two with Hong Kong looking after north Asia, that include the greater China, Japan, South Korea, and Mongolia; and Singapore overseeing other markets in the Asia Pacific region.

In November last year, AP Moller-Maersk has said that it would cut 700 jobs in south China"s Guangzhou by mid-2009 by closing one of its two global customer service centres in China.

Meanwhile, the company said it has no plan for further job cuts in the country.

?So far, there are no concrete plans to eliminate positions in other cities such as Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Xiamen. However, as we review the organization we may find it necessary to consolidate or move certain functions if it gives us added efficiencies,? said Mr Jiang.

Last month, AP Moller-Maersk announced it would axe 100 jobs at its Copenhagen headquarters as part of a reorganisation that will create two new units, a corporate centre and service functions.

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