In May, HP announced plans to eliminate 27,000 positions over the next two years, about 9,000 of them in the U.S. Reports at the time said the company had a goal of 5,000 people accepting its retirement offer. Now, the AP says response to that offer has been better than expected.
In an interview with Economic Times, Whitman said:
We are not reducing our workforce in India. We have announced a global work force reduction, but India will stay largely intact, because we not only have all our business units here, but also our R&D and back office. We are focused on keeping our work force here, and I think over time, probably increase the work force.
About 30,000 of the company’s 349,600 workers are in India and it’s among the emerging markets on which the company is focused. Some 65 percent of its revenue is generated in emerging markets.
Meanwhile, HP’s Michigan training program, which was announced in May, still has the green light, despite the layoffs elsewhere. The program will to train more than 200 developers, testers and architects at HP Enterprise Services Pontiac.
- HP won’t cut jobs in India; may add to workforce in long term: Meg Whitman [Economic Times]
- HP raises outlook, replaces head of Enterprise Services [AP]
- Hewlett-Packard hires, trains after workforce cutbacks [Crain’s Detroit Business]