POLAND – 2023/09/11: In this photo illustration, the IBM logo is seen on a smartphone with artificial intelligence (AI) symbols in the background.

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IBM on Tuesday told employees in its marketing and communications department that it was cutting the size of its staff, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Jonathan Adashek, IBM’s chief communications officer, made the announcement in a roughly seven-minute meeting with officials at the division, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the news was not public.

The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In December, IBM CEO Arvind Krishna told CNBC that the company was “massively upskilling all of our employees on AI” after announcing a plan in August to replace nearly 8,000 jobs with AI. IBM said in its earnings call last January that it was cutting 3,900 positions.

The latest layoffs come alongside another round of layoffs in the tech industry. So far this year, some 204 tech companies have cut nearly 50,000 jobs, according to the website Layoffs.fyi. January was the busiest layoff month since March, as Alphabet, Amazon and Unity announced job cuts.

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