HP Australia job cuts unclear

HP Australia job cuts unclear

HP spokeperson is unable to confirm how many of the proposed 9000 staff retrenchments will come out of Australia

HP’s Australian team has been unable to confirm how many of its proposed 9000 job cuts will affect local employees.

The vendor announced plans to cut its global workforce by 9000 staff today as part of a restructure of its enterprise services business and automation of several services offerings. A local HP spokesperson said could not provide the extent of job cuts in Australia, or across specific geographies, because final decisions had not yet been made.

“HP also announced that during the same period we are eliminating positions, we plan to replace approximately 6000 of those positions to increase sales and delivery services,” the spokesperson said in a written statement. "HP will be investing $1 billion in the next generation of its Enterprise Services business.”

The news comes just a month after HP indicated it would shed over 6000 jobs, or 2 per cent of its global employees, following a 3 per cent drop in Q3 revenues.

The 9000 job cuts also come a couple of months after HP workers threatened a 48-hour strike because it refused to extend a job security guarantee past October this year. At the time, estimates suggested about 2500 staff could be made redundant. The threat followed a one-day strike by unionists in January.

HP acquired EDS for $US13.9 billion in 2008 and announced its intention to drop the brand in favour of HP Enterprise Services last year.

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