Sun axes 1,300 jobs worldwide

Sun Microsystems has laid off 1,300 workers, as part of a previously announced cost-cutting programme to axe around 6,000 staff.

Sun Microsystems has laid off 1,300 workers, as part of a previously announced cost-cutting programme to axe around 6,000 staff.

The cost-cutting, announced by the firm last November, will eventually see up to 18% of Sun's headcount being slashed.

The loss-making company had previously announced the loss of 130 jobs at its Scottish site. The firm has cut thousands of jobs over recent years, as its share of the high-end server market rapidly shrank.

Sun is now betting on the growth of open-source systems as its salvation, investing heavily in open-source Solaris- and Java-based products.

The 1,300 jobs to go are worldwide and across the company, and include vice-presidents and directors, according to Sun.

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