As a follow up to the story on Sun Microsystems's plan to give about 1,500 employees (globally, it can only be assumed at this point) the axe, which broke yesterday (March 30), Computerworld Singapore editorial staff sent out a query to the beleaguered vendor of IT products regarding the size of its workforce in Singapore, whether some or all of the members of its staff in the country will be let go, when the redundancies will be taking place (if at all), and where else in the region it will be laying people off as part of the latest retrenchment exercise.
Within an hour, the following response came through. They are to be attributed to a Sun Microsystems spokesperson based in Singapore.
"As of 31 March 2009 Sun continues to make important choices to streamline operations and align resources to best address market opportunity and position the company for improved financial performance and long term growth. In November 2008, Sun announced a series of changes designed to align its cost model with the global economy and accelerate the introduction of compelling open source innovations. As part of that effort Sun announced a global workforce reduction of approximately 5,000 to 6,000 employees, representing approximately 15% to 18% of the Company's global workforce. In January, layoff notifications were given to approximately 1,300 employees as part of that action.
Sun can confirm that today additional notifications were given to approximately 1,500 employees. Reductions were made across all levels, including vice presidents and directors. Sun remains committed to its strategy with a consistent focus on providing innovations that enable customers to address their business needs. We continue to see great opportunities for our technologies globally and are focused on our customers and partners."
Also, the spokesperson informed Computerworld Singapore that nothing beyond these words above could be given to us. Most certainly, the company could not comment on the specific queries sent over earlier.
This is at 5 p.m., March 31, 2009.