Sun makes local staff cuts

Sun makes local staff cuts

Vendor will not disclose how many Australian staff have been affected by its global cutbacks

Sun's Australian management has confirmed cuts to its local headcount as part of global plans to reduce operating expenses.

Last week, the infrastructure vendor announced it would reduce its global headcount by 1500 to 2500 in an effort to slash operating expenses by up to $US150 million annually. This follows restructuring plans Sun announced in May.

Local vice-president and managing director, Duncan Bennet, would not disclose how many staff had been affected by the retrenchment process in Australia. In a statement, he said there had been a realignment of resources towards the volume business, professional services delivery and support organisation.

"This has meant a reduction of headcount in some areas of the business," Bennet said.

So far, about 1000 employees in the US and Canada have been laid off.

According to the vendor's global announcement, every part of the company's staffing infrastructure was evaluated and reductions were made across all levels including vice-presidents and directors. Regions affected by this retrenchment process include EMEA, Latin America and Asia-Pacific.

The vendor has previously attributed tightening economic conditions to its woes.

"We believe the restructuring will result in a more efficient coverage model with resources aligned to growth opportunities as well as more focused and effective demand creation capabilities," Sun said in its global statement.

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