United Kingdom
Scotland; South Western Scotland; Inverclyde
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Computer, Electrical Electronic And Optical Products
Manufacture Of Computer, Electronic And Optical Products
26 - Manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products
New offshoring locations

200 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
8 November 2005
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
31 May 2006


Hewlett Packard announced in September plans to lay-off 6,000 workers across Europe. It has now been revealed that one of six sites in the UK, Erskine, near Glasgow will be affected. Plans to shed 200 manufacturing jobs in Erskine have been announced. The company said the jobs would be moved to the Czech Republic and would mean about a 10% reduction in the workforce in Scotland. Hewlett Packard said the job losses would affect contract staff. The company announced that production of the DL 380 computer server would be transferred to a facility at Pardubice from May 2006, but other manufacturing would remain at Erskine. In a statement, it said: 'Hewlett Packard remain committed to our presence in Scotland; Erskine is one of our main sites in the UK comprising a range of activities including delivering high-end customer configured solutions and a sales and customer service support centre.' Mr Sheridan, the MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said he was concerned about the future of manufacturing at the plant. He said: 'This is 200 good quality jobs we're losing and they will not be replaced again.'


  • 8 November 2005: BBC News


Eurofound (2005), Hewlett-Packard, Offshoring/Delocalisation in United Kingdom, factsheet number 62499, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/62499.