Hewlett-Packard (HP) plans to axe 350 jobs or nearly 18 per cent of its staff at its deskjet printer site in Vancouver, Washington as part of a continuing move to outsource manufacturing in a bid to cut costs.
The decision follows last year's move to outsource 1,200 employees from the firm's contract manufacturing business to three hubs in the US, Europe and Asia Pacific and leaves only the prototype design phase of the process in house.
An HP spokesman said: "About 100 Vancouver site staff will go over the next three months, and another 250 will follow at an undetermined time in the future - we're still in the planning phase. The aim is to continue to proactively cut the cost structure, but employees will be offered voluntary severance."
Staff will be cut across the board from supervisor to production line level, but the spokesman said HP had no current plans to outsource the prototype design phase. He added that personnel levels would remain at about 2,000 because the company was looking for 200 or so additional engineering and marketing people.
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