Dell layoffs are going to be much lower than the rumored 15,000 according to the company. Dell disputed reports of a massive layoff pending in the media. According to CNBC on Feb. 4, the number will be more likely a few thousand.
The loss of 2,000 or 3,000 jobs would amount to about two percent of Dell's worldwide workforce of nearly 109,000.
Dell layoffs will not be the "imminent bloodbath" previously reported. Since the $25 billion buyout which took the technology giant private, they are not required to disclose much publicly anymore.
Some of the Dell layoffs were confirmed to have already taken place according to corporate communications. A voluntary severance program was available up until Feb. 3. Only a few employees took advantage of the offer. Prior to the 15,000 job cut rumor, the company was said to be cutting sales by 20 to 30 percent in the U.S. and EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) regions.
After the yearlong battle to take the company private succeeded last October it was widely expected that some job cuts would follow. The company confirms that they are continuing to hire in strategic areas.
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