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HP Enterprise Services staff jog on, waving fat redundo cheque

55k-strong job cull to finish by end of October. Only 11,000 more to go!

HP has waved goodbye to a bunch of Enterprise Services staffers across Europe as it edges closer to the end of a multi-year job culling exercise and the big corporate split.

Some 55,000 employees will have left the grand old lady of tech by the end of October when the programme – launched in 2012 – crosses the finishing line.

Sources close to HP tell us the company put out a call for Sales Support people to leave the business voluntarily but didn’t get the requisite numbers.

“HP started with voluntary redundancies," said a contact who told us about the shift to compulsory layoffs, "with a lot of lower level roles going near and off-shore".

Enterprise Services was hit hard by the recession as larger outsourcing projects dried up, but HP has put some meat on the ledger more recently after inking deals with Deutsche Bank and TNT.

According to HP CFO Cathie Lesjak, roughly 2,800 employees left the company in its Q1 of fiscal ’15, the three months ended February, taking the tally to date to 44,000.

As we previously revealed, the company has also started consulting with unions and local works councils in Europe regarding employees roles when the PC and print business breaks away from the rest of HP.

The split is supposed to give HP Inc (PC/print) and Hewlett Packard Enterprise more autonomy to invest in markets, acquisitions or restructuring – at least, that is the thinking.

An HP spokeswoman sent us this statement: “These changes are part of a company-wide strategy announced in 2012 to give HP the needed workforce to be a more nimble customer- and partner-centric company.” ®

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