*NEWS*DELL CUTS 250 JOBS IN IRELAND

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*NEWS*DELL CUTS 250 JOBS IN IRELAND

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    http://www.infoworld.com/article/08/04/30/Dell-cuts-250-jobs-in-Ireland_1.html
    Dell cuts 250 jobs in Ireland
    Dell says that further cuts will be made across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
    Dell
    is set to cut 250 jobs in Ireland as part of ongoing plans to save £1.5
    billion ($3 billion) across the company.Layoffs will be made in Dell’s
    Irish sales, marketing, finance, technical support, and some
    administrative functions, it has been reported.Dell said in a statement
    that further cuts would be made across Europe, the Middle East, and
    Africa, because there was “more work to do on cost to restore our
    competitiveness”. The company employs 17,500 people in the region, and
    is expecting to cut from 700 to 900 jobs.

    It would not comment
    on job losses in the UK.”We are proud of our record of growth in EMEA
    but recognize that maintaining our success requires us to look
    critically at our operations. This does mean we need to make changes to
    our staffing in the region,” Dell added. Some staff will be moved into
    customer-facing roles, it said.The company is cutting “at least” 8,800
    jobs globally, but chief executive Michael Dell has said cuts may in
    reality exceed that number. It is also restructuring its product design
    and distribution, and realigning its manufacturing strategy by shutting
    down some factories, while opening new operations in emerging
    markets.Dell’s job cuts are the latest in a string of tough events in
    the IT industry, as the global economy slows. AMD also plans to lay off
    10 percent of its workforce by the third quarter of 2008, in an effort
    to cut costs.Many analysts have indicated that businesses are likely to
    rein back IT spending. The Centre for Economics and Business Research
    has bleakly warned that the impending IT job loss rate will be worse
    than the dot com crash.Gartner has warned that many firms would make a
    move to offshoring more IT functions in a bid to cut costs, and
    ChangeWave Research found in a survey that a number of businesses would
    reduce or halt spending in the second quarter of this year.