Acer will lay off about 500 workers in Taiwan at the end of this week as part of a global restructuring effort that has seen the Taiwan-based PC maker lay off about one-third of its workforce in Europe, North America and Latin America over the past two years.
The 500 jobs to be cut in Taiwan make up about 7 per cent of the company's workforce in Taiwan, a company spokeswoman said Thursday.
Most of the 500 workers to be laid off are Filipino workers whose two-year contracts had ended, "and we decided not to extend the contracts," she said. Some of the workers to be laid off, however, are having their contracts terminated ahead of time, she added.
Acer has contracted Filipino workers at its plant here in Hsinchu for several years, as the company along with many other local companies found it difficult to hire Taiwanese workers for assembly line positions.
Acer also operates a major assembly facility in Subic Bay in the Philippines, as well as a third major production facility in Zhongshan in China's Guangdong province.
It is Acer's goal to have equal production capacity at all three locations, the spokeswoman said.