HP to cut 280 jobs in Dublin as Barclaycard contract concludes

3 Jul 2013

Hewlett-Packard is to cut 280 jobs in Sandyford in Dublin in the coming year after Barclaycard made the decision to move support services closer to customers in Portugal and Italy.

The decision will affect about 220 full-time and 60 contract workers.

Staff at the facility were employed solely to provide support for Barclaycard. The contract comes to an end on 31 March.

It is understood HP will attempt to redeploy as many of the affected workers as possible within existing operations.

The decision doesn’t affect on-going job creation by HP in Ireland, where it employs more than 4,000 people.

In April, HP applied for planning permission to build a new 87,000 sq-foot R&D and cloud facility in Galway that will house up to 700 workers.

In the last three years, HP in Ireland has been successful in attracting more than 1,000 new jobs to the country in addition to the 4,000 or so already in place. The creation of the Global Services Desk in March 2009 generated 500 jobs, and the expansion of the company’s Galway operation in 2010 spawned 50 jobs. In addition, the company announced 120 jobs at its Dublin operations in September 2010 and 105 jobs at its Galway operations in December 2010, followed by a further 50 new jobs.

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