Location of affected unit(s)
Information / Communication
Computer Programming, Consultancy And Related Activities
Computer Programming, Consultancy And Related Activities
62 - Computer programming, consultancy and related activities

24,600 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
12,000 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
16 September 2008
Employment effect (start)
31 October 2008
Foreseen end date
31 October 2011


Hewlett Packard (HP), one of the world leaders in technology industry, is to cut 24,600 jobs. At the beginning of September, HP has announced its 2008-2011 reorganisation plan consequent upon the acquisition of EDS, a global technology services provider. At the end of August, HP closed the acquisition of EDS. The deal, priced at $25 a share for a total value of $13.9 billion, is the second largest ever in the technology industry after HP’s 2002 acquisition of Compaq. The job cuts will likely occur mainly in administrative, HR, and law divisions of the company; around 50% of the redundant workers are employed in the United States. Moreover, the plan envisages the recruitment of around 12,000 engineers within the end of 2011. HP is a technology company that operates in more than 170 countries around the world. The merger between HP and EDS has created the world's second largest IT and business services company, next to IBM. After the merger, HP has around 320,000 employees worldwide. Consequently, the job-cuts provided by the 2008-2011 plan concern the 7.5% of the total workforce.


  • 17 September 2008: La Repubblica


Eurofound (2008), Hewlett-Packard, Merger/Acquisition in World, factsheet number 67093, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/67093.