It was just six months ago that HP was handing out pink slips to 500 workers in Conway, Ark. But now, the tech titan has announced it will add 200 positions there to focus on its healthcare clients.
The new positions are slated for software developers, business analysts and managers.
“We’re very positive about our growing health care business and we wouldn’t expand here if we didn’t think we had an opportunity to have these jobs and support that growing business,” John Herzog, account executive for HP, told The Associated Press.
HP plans to establish a “regional industry development center” in Conway, with the new employees to be hired next year. It already employs between 600 and 700 workers there.
However, in July, it cut 500 workers from its customer support center that it opened in 2010. HP received $10 million in incentives from the state of Arkansas to open that support center and it might have to repay a portion of it because of those layoffs.
The company may be able to soften such a financial blow if the state factors in the couple of hundred workers that HP wants to hire for the new development center, according to State Economic Development Director Grant Tennille, who said the new positions will be higher-paying than the jobs lost.
HP has been paring down its workforce over the past two years. It announced massive layoffs in May 2012, including 9,000 positions in the United States. In a regulatory filing in September, the company said it had shed 22,700 employees globally, from its projected 29,000 total – give or take 15 percent.