NZ may escape global job cuts

Sun and HP both say they're hiring here

Sun New Zealand says it's not affected by the announcement by its US parent late last month that 1,000 jobs worldwide are to be eliminated.

Sun NZ country manager Peter Idoine says Australia and New Zealand aren't targeted in the layoffs and that Sun is increasing its staffing in New Zealand.

"At the moment, I have headcount to hire and Sun will be appointing eight new staff," he says.

The new hires will be spread across sales, administration and technical roles and will bring Sun's local headcount over the 50 mark, he says.

Computer Associates also announced at the end of July that it was laying off staff, saying 5% of its global workforce, or 800 people, will be gone by the end of the year.

CA NZ country manager Tony Armfield says he can't yet comment on whether the layoffs will affect New Zealand. "The details are still being finalised," he says.

CA went through a similar exercise last year, retrenching 5% of its worldwide workforce and New Zealand wasn't affected.

Also in layoff mode is HP, which announced last month that 14,500 positions — 10% of its global workforce — will go during the next 18 months.

HP NZ corporate and enterprise marketing manager Jeff Healey says he can't comment specifically on whether New Zealand will be affected, "but 50% of the cuts will be in the North America region," he says.

HP is actively hiring new staff in New Zealand, Healey says.

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