Dell Computer has disclosed plans to eliminate up to 4,000 more jobs, a cutback move that comes just three months after 1,700 employees were let go in an earlier round of layoffs.
The impact on Dell's Australian staff was not known a this stage.
Citing a cautious business outlook because of the softening economy and its impact on IT spending, Dell said it also will implement a series of other cost-cutting actions. That includes consolidating management layers in engineering, sales and other departments and requiring most salaried employees in the U.S. to take unpaid time off.
Dell said 3,000 to 4,000 full-time employees will be cut between now and early November as part of the new cutbacks. The computer maker's 38,500-employee workforce would be reduced by just over 10 percent if the maximum number of targeted positions are eliminated.
Dell announced its first-ever layoffs in February, saying it was cutting 4 percent of its employees in a move that came just hours before the company reported fourth-quarter results that were well below its original expectations. That in turn followed an earlier cost-cutting move in which Dell abruptly shut down a four-month-old business-to-business exchange.