Dell waves job axe in Bracknell, keeps schtum on numbers
If a tree falls in the woods...
Dell is continuing to trim its workforce in the UK, but has refused to comment on how many of its employees have been affected by the latest cuts.
The Register has learned that 25 staff at the computer vendor’s Bracknell site will be laid off next month.
Dell, when asked, refused to comment specifically on the individual jobs it had most recently axed, but a company spokesman did give us this statement:
Dell continues to review its business model and cost structure, and that staffing levels within EMEA also continue to be reviewed. We've made a number of difficult, but necessary decisions to optimise our business, streamline processes and further reduce costs.
We will not comment specifically on redundancies within individual Dell groups or sites. Any changes to staffing or sites will be in line with local laws and practices. The cost reduction measures being taken form a deliberate part of Dell's ongoing focus to remain competitive during and after the current challenging economic environment.
It’s understood that the latest round of job cuts at Dell’s Bracknell unit have hit the education team, sales guys and internal account managers.
In March this year Dell confirmed plans to lay off workers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, following its Q4 profit hammering in February, when the firm was forced to jack up its cost-savings by a billion dollars to an eye-watering $4bn target.
At the time, the company declined to comment on how many staff across the region would be affected by the job cull.
Dell bosses told employees at the Bracknell-based plant that some of their jobs were at risk and that compulsory redundancies would be necessary, and they clearly weren't mincing their words. ®
And this only helps the cutomer by....
....delaying order times from their old 5 odd days to over 3 weeks.. for a simple server.
Think we'll have to stop using Dell... like many other people we know.
Bracknell will all but close over the next 9-12 months. The best employees will be offered jobs in Austin, TX or Montpellier, France. Sad but true... actually, the sad part is Dell won't come clean and this is all being drip fed.
We all need to get our coats - big corporations are abandoning the UK. Only the finance sector will be left.
The long downward spiral
Dell has recently axed jobs bit by bit in stealth mode. There can be two benefits here: no need to comply with the WARN act in the USA, and avoiding triggering or providing evidence for clawback of local job creations subsidies / tax rebates that Dell may have collected over preceding years.
Dell does actually need workers, but wants to show it is "cutting costs" (pending the PC market going into reverse and rescuing Dell's business model). This is done by outsourcing everything (including product design), and laying off employees even while they are still needed. Sometimes they can be pulled back for a few months on a temporary contract, which of course can be accounted as a "one time restructuring expense", improving the apparent cost savings.