Hewlett Packard (HP) is to lay off around 4,000 contracted workers for a three-week period until it decides which roles to cut, the company has said.
These 4,000 cuts come on top of the projected 15,000 job losses globally that the company says will save it $3bn by 2004 after its recent $19bn merger with Compaq.
"As part of the integration effort across the company... we will discontinue services where there is overlap [including contractors]," HP spokesman Arch Currid said.
The 24 June to 12 July furlough would save HP between $15m and $20m, Currid said, and will mostly affect US-based contractors.
Over the next three weeks HP will analyse which of those contractors it feels it can do without and permanently cut those positions.
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