Dell to freeze European recruitment

Dell has become the latest victim of the downturn, confirming today that it is freezing recruitment and offering its workforce voluntary unpaid leave in EMEA as part of efforts to slash costs.

Dell has become the latest victim of the downturn, confirming today that it is freezing recruitment and offering its workforce voluntary unpaid leave in EMEA as part of efforts to slash costs.

Earlier, a Dell spokesperson told MicroScope there would be a short term hold on "global requisitions" and a reduction in usage of contractors and temporary staff, as well as voluntary unpaid leave of between one and five days.

However, she declined to discuss details of any redundancies in the European organisation, or whether or not Dell's channel teams would be affected, stressing that relationships with customers and reseller partners should continue as normal.

As revealed in the summer, Dell has already axed more than 8,500 staff this year across the globe - the target is 8,900 - which should go toward helping the company realise cost saving of $3bn by the end of the decade.

At the time, Dell recorded disappointing Q2 numbers as aggressive pricing in EMEA took its toll. Days later, its stock sunk to its lowest level in many years after its CFO said in a trading update he had seen no sign of a "snap back" in sales, adding that the vendor expected to incur further costs as it realigned its business.

Last month, IDC analysts added more tinder to the bonfire, noting Dell's EMEA market share was declining in the face of competitive offerings from far-eastern firms such as Asus.

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