Internal restructuring
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

200 - 324 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
12 January 2010
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
31 December 2010


On 12 January 2010, computer manufacturer Hewlett-Packard announced the loss of about 324 jobs by the end of 2010. It is not clear whether the job cuts will affect the company headquarters in Diegem or will be spread across different locations. The company has blamed the job cuts on the global economic slowdown. "Last year, HP Belgium reported a turnover decrease of 19% because of the crisis ", explained Anneleen Holleweg, the company's spokeswoman.

The jobs will be probably offshored to Poland. The restructuring will involve the relocation of 420 workers from the HP Service Desk in Malines to HP CDS (Customer Delivery Services) located in Vilvorde.

Consultations with the trade unions have started and will continue for several months. Discussions about what type of activities and functions affected by the restructuring still have to take place.

Update 2010-09-16:

The economic recovery allow HP to save 124 jobs. Finally, the company will proceed to 200 jobs cuts in place of 324, till the end of 2010. 


  • 13 January 2010: La Libre Belgique ()
  • 13 January 2010: De Standaard ()
  • 12 January 2010: L'Echo ()
  • 16 September 2010: DeTijd
  • : (trendstop.rnews.be)


Eurofound (2010), Hewlett-Packard, Internal restructuring in Belgium, factsheet number 70132, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/70132.