Dell to slash ‘up to 9,000 jobs’

World's number-three PC manufacturer by shipments to cut thousands of jobs

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Dell to slash ‘up to 9,000 jobs’ Dell could axe up to 9,000 jobs of its sales and marketing staff in EMEA and US. (Getty Images)
By  Manda Banda Published  January 14, 2014

Dell Inc, the world's third largest PC vendor by shipments could axe up to 9,000 jobs of its sales and marketing staff in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and US.

The plans, which would represent around 20% of the vendor's US-based sales staffers and 30% of its sales and marketing staff in EMEA, were disclosed to The Register by two anonymous sources familiar with the matter.

When contacted for comment on how these plans would filter through in the  region, Dell Middle East said in an emailed statement that: "Dell continuously evaluates and implements opportunities to improve our operational effectiveness and allocate our resources. When necessary, we'll continue to make tough decisions to help ensure our long-term success - some of these decisions may affect our workforce. We are committed to building upon our multi-channel approach to serving customers - channel, online and direct - and are investing in sales coverage and training."

Last year, chief executive and chairman, Michael Dell won his months-long battle to secure shareholder support for a leveraged buyout of stock that allowed him to take private the company he founded from his college dorm room.

Dell had been a publicly listed company for 25 years but in the wake of plunging bottom lines brought about by competition from tablets and changing consumer habits, its founder wanted to pursue a new strategy away from public scrutiny.

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