Global IT firm Sun Microsystems has laid off over 150 employees in India around late in January, most of them software developers from the company’s Bangalore office, a source close to the development informed
Another round of lay-offs is slated around the last week of February and will impact support staff from departments like marketing, human resources and sales, the source added.
“Sun will have a global workforce reduction aimed at reducing costs by approximately $700 to $800 million annually. The plan includes a reduction of approximately 5,000 to 6,000 employees, representing approximately 15 per cent to 18 per cent of the company's global workforce. There will be an impact in India, but it will be minimal,” said a Sun Microsystems spokesperson, when contacted.
Sun had announced in November 2008 that the company will trim its global workforce by 5,000 to 6,000 employees.
The company did not comment on specific queries on how many more jobs in India are likely to be hit. It is planning “outplacement” in some cases – finding jobs elsewhere for its employees.