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It is thought that the bulk of the cuts will impact in three main areas, IT services, PCs (PSG) and imaging and printing (IPG), all areas where HP has struggled to remain competitive, to the extent that it merged PSG and IPG earlier this year.
According to Bloomberg, a good number of the redundancies would be made through early retirement offers, and the vendor expects to save over a billion dollars as a result.
The business news agency said HP has teamed up with management consultancy McKinsey & Co to join up the dots.
The move would be a clear indication that CEO Meg Whitman is prepared to take radical steps to clear up the mess left by her predecessors, and get HP back on track, and has clearly resonated with HP shareholders, who sent its stock price up several percentage points after the rumour surfaced late Thursday.
HP has declined to comment on the possibility of cuts, and it is not known how deeply its UK workforce will be affected.