Novell ME jobs 'safe'

A spokeswoman for Novell Middle East says the region will be exempt from the rumoured job cuts expected this month, and may expand.

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By  Eliot Beer Published  October 30, 2005

A spokeswoman for Novell Middle East has said the region will be exempt from the rumoured job cuts expected this month, and may expand. Bharati Suresh, marketing manager for Novell ME, says the staff in the company’s Dubai-based office have not received any official announcement regarding any cuts as yet. But she says the company has said the regional office will not be scaled back. “Novell has said emphatically that the Dubai office is not to be closed,” says Suresh. “The company has highlighted its growth regions, which include the Middle East, China and India, and has told us there will not be cutbacks in these areas.” Suresh also says the office may even take on more staff in the future to cope with increased demand in the region, but this is by no means certain. The Dubai Internet City branch of Novell employs 13 people, including marketing staff and technical specialists. Rumours have been circulating for some time about possible job cuts of around 20% of Novell’s 5,800-strong global workforce, possibly up to 1,000 people. Some sources have suggested the company could pull out of regions where it has a weak presence, leaving its operations in the hands of channel partners. The company is expected to make a formal announcement about the cuts this week, before the end of its financial year.

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