HPE sharpens knife for next salami-slicing staff redundo round

This time 220 staffers face chop in Blighty

HPE is aiming its guns at 220 roles in the UK and Ireland in what appears to be becoming its quarterly firing exercise at the biz.

In a memo sent to staff seen by The Register, Maurice Mattholie, HPE UK and MEMA veep of Infrastructure Technology Outsourcing (ITO), told employees the move was part of its Workforce Management Programme for Q4 FY16.

However, the number of staff for the chop this quarter is fewer than the cull in June, when 500 HPE staffers were made to stand in the line of fire.

In March The Register also revealed that the biz was cutting 780 folk in its Infrastructure Technology Outsourcing unit.

The ITO unit is part of HPE’s Enterprise Services (ES) division, which is spun out and is being merged with CSC to create an entity worth $26bn (£20bn).

Mattholie said the collective consultation with the UK Works Council and Trade Union representatives commenced on August 12 2016.

"It is important to point out that we are fully committed to continuing to use redeployment and voluntary exits to manage WFM in the UK and Ireland.

"It is expected that up to 220 positions within UK&I ITO will be impacted through WFM in Q4.

"Whilst I appreciate that this announcement may cause concern I am committed to providing regular updates to ensure that everyone is kept informed.

"Thank you for your continued professionalism at this time of uncertainty."

An HPE spokeswoman said: “These changes are part of a company-wide strategy to give HPE the needed workforce to be a more nimble customer- and partner-centric company.” ®

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