Sun Microsystems said on Tuesday that it is to cut 300 jobs as part of a redeployment plan affecting 872 workers, or around two per cent of its 43,600 workforce.
Employees have been asked either to find another position at the firm within 60 to 120 days or take redundancy. The programme is described not as a cost-cutting measure but a means of realigning resources to high priority areas.
Earlier this summer, Sun asked some of its workers to take unpaid leave to save money. On 19 July, the firm revealed that it made a loss of $88m, its first for 12 years.
Analysts said the comparatively minor cuts showed that the firm hoped to keep most of its staff until the economy picks up and avoid expensive re-hiring further down the line.
They added that the strategy was reasonably sound given that the US economy had begun to show at least the first signs that the slump may be ending.
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