Dell EMC to cut 50 jobs in Cork

19 Oct 2016

Dell Technologies’ Irish workforce avoided the brunt of job cuts following the $67bn Dell EMC merger. Image: Hadrian/Shutterstock

Just weeks following the historic Dell EMC $67bn merger, it has emerged that 50 jobs are to be lost at the newly formed company’s operations in Cork.

The combined Dell Technologies business in Ireland employs around 5,500 people, including 3,000 at the former EMC plant in Ovens, Co Cork.

The Dell Technologies group includes Dell, Dell EMC, Pivotal, VMware, RSA, Virtustream and SecureWorks.

It is understood that globally, Dell Technologies plans to shed up to 2,000 jobs following its $67bn merger with storage giant EMC.

This was the largest merger in tech industry history.

Less jobs lost than expected in Cork

The loss of 50 jobs is far less than had been anticipated, as it was predicted that up to 200 jobs would be affected.

“While job reductions are never our first alternative and we strive to minimise them, in a merger of this size, they are necessary given some overlap in functions,” the company said in a statement.

“Ireland is and remains an important base for Dell Technologies. We are proud of the team we have built in Ireland, and look forward to it continuing its work to drive our global business forward.”

Dell computer logo. Image: Hadrian/Shutterstock

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years