Hewlett Packard Enterprise to cut 10pc of workforce, or 5,000 jobs

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise offices in Dubendorf, Switzerland. Image: Denis Linine/Shutterstock

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Could global staff reductions affect Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s 2,000-strong operation in Ireland?

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is understood to be planning to cut 10pc of its staff, or at least 5,000 workers, from its global workforce of 50,000 people.

The reductions are expected to start before the end of the year and will impact workers based in the US and overseas.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise employs 2,000 people in Ireland.

In 2015, HP split into two companies, HP Inc and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), to better compete in a rapidly changing technology market.

Earlier this year, in February, workers at HP Inc in Leixlip received the devastating news that the global print business in Co Kildare was going to close its inkjet facilities with the loss of 500 jobs.

War of the clouds

HPE offers consulting, cybersecurity, enterprise IT, cloud, servers, big data and other corporate technology services.

According to Bloomberg, citing sources familiar with the plans, the cutbacks are part of an effort to pare back expenses as competition mounts in the enterprise IT space.

In particular, HPE is under pressure to compete against nimble cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services and Google.

HPE, headed by CEO Meg Whitman, is understood to be targeting $1.5bn in savings over a three-year period.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise offices in Dubendorf, Switzerland. Image: Denis Linine/Shutterstock

Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist.

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