100 redundancies for Dell Limerick?

12 Jul 2007

Between 80 and 100 staff in Dell’s Limerick base will be offered voluntary redundancy in the wake of the PC manufacturing giant’s announcement last month that it would reduce staff numbers worldwide by 10pc.

Ciara Lynch, communications manager for Dell Ireland, speaking to Silicon Republic, said that this redundancy plan would be starting within the next two weeks but that Dell’s 1,500 staff in the Cherrywood plant in Dublin would remain unaffected.

“This morning we informed our Limerick-based staff about a proposal for a voluntary separation programme, it’s entirely voluntary and it will have minimal impact on the Limerick site.

“This will involve about 80-100 people which is about 2pc of the Limerick staff of 3,000,” said Lynch.

Dell is currently communicating with employees before the redundancy plan formally begins. Eligible employees will then be leaving in two to three months time.

This will affect support service such as HR and marketing, but will not cross over into the manufacturing sector apart from at a management level.

“We’re continuing to recruit as well at both sites, and we will continue our graduate roles with 20 people starting the programme in August.

“At the end of the year overall we expect that the number of employees will remain relatively unchanged,” said Lynch.

By Marie Boran