This editorial article is a part of Resilient Tech Careers Month of Technical.ly’s editorial calendar.
Last week, a technology solutions and services company announced its plans to restructure its corporate leadership and personnel, with the changes set to take effect in January 2024.
In the new year, prominent Reston, Virginia-based tech and defense services company Leidos will be organized into five sectors, each led by a dedicated president, according to a press release. In keeping with its reputation as a major defense and government contractor, new sectors include Health and Civil, National Security, Commercial and International, Digital Modernization, and Defense Systems.
The announcement surrounding Leidos’ restructuring roughly with some shifts for its employees at its Baltimore County offices.
10 months ago, a Leidos technical recruiter made a LinkedIn post.
“Layoffs are not fun. We’re hiring at Leidos!” it read.
This post may not have aged well, considering the pending 130 layoffs reported via the Maryland Department of Labor’s Work Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) log for November. Virginia’s own WARN log has not listed similar layoffs closer to the company’s HQ.
“Leidos has informed employees operating at its 3300 Lord Baltimore Drive facility that there will be a workforce reduction of 130 employees related to the Infrastructure Hosting and Centralized Connectivity Services (IHCCS) contract,” a Leidos spokesperson said in an email to Technical.ly. “The workforce reduction is due to the contract ending on December 31, 2023. We are assisting employees with identifying other opportunities internally on similar programs with complimentary skillsets. We regret the impact this may have on employees and their families.”
The teams most affected by the layoffs could not be confirmed at the time of Leidos’ email.
Tech jobs still available
According to Technical.ly’s Tech Economy Dashboard (TED), while Leidos is currently the local employer with the most tech job posts in the Baltimore region, there has been a 15.9% drop in its unique job postings in the last 30 days. TED, which features proprietary data sourced by Lightcast, also lists Leidos as the employer with the highest numbers of tech jobs posts in the DC area while noting that region’s 24.1% drop in unique job postings within the same timeframe.
Despite these figures, positions like Amazon Web Services systems engineer, data scientist and senior Linux administrator — mostly in support of the work with the Social Security Administration — remain in demand at the company. This is evident from the job postings for these positions on LinkedIn.
For the aforelinked roles, qualifications such as proficiency in shell scripting, experience in running machine learning training, a degree in computer science and expertise in Python are commonly required. Furthermore, these positions typically offer a base salary starting at $90,000 or more.
The company also recently secured a contract from the Defense Health Agency to deliver virtual health solutions for both providers and patients. The contract has a potential value of $180 million over 22 months.
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