Dell cuts hit Australia

Texan PC giant Dell has cut an unknown number of staff from its Australian operation over the past few weeks.

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Texan PC giant Dell has cut an unknown number of staff from its Australian operation over the past few weeks.

A Dell spokesperson declined to comment on the cuts, which were confirmed by sources to have affected at least its Frenchs Forest, Sydney facility, saying only that it was reducing its global workforce.

"We've been streamlining our business worldwide and have said we will continue to do so. So there's nothing new here," they said.

"We can confirm we are also reducing our global workforce as part of our ongoing initiative to remain competitive by enhancing our efficiency and underlying cost structure. However, we are unable to comment on speculation or any specifics within individual Dell businesses or sites. Workforce reduction is difficult, but this action is a prudent and deliberate part of Dell's ongoing focus on competitiveness."

Previously the company has undergone a number of initiatives to reduce costs such as driving marketing efficiencies and reducing travel costs, they added. Dell in January cut some 1900 jobs from a factory near Limerick in Ireland, and other reductions have taken place in the US.