HP is set to axe 1,300 jobs in the UK, in a move that union representatives have branded a "hell-bent" effort to "butcher" the country's high-tech work force.
According to officials at the Unite Union, the reductions are in addition to 900 HP layoffs that are supposed to be concluded by the end of this month, as well as several thousand other cuts during the past two years.
An HP spokesman indicated the reported job cuts are part of the company's previously announced plans in June to reduce its workforce by about 9,000 people over a multi-year period.
"HP is in consultation with the appropriate representative bodies within the UK regarding potential workforce changes which were announced on June 1, 2010," the spokesman said. "This is an initiative to transform HP's enterprise services business to benefit clients through new offerings and improved service delivery."
HP overall has undergone significant changes in recent months, marked by the high-profile departure of CEO Mark Hurd after a scandal involving alleged falsification of expense reports and a relationship with a company contractor.
The company appointed former SAP CEO Léo Apotheker to replace Hurd. Industry observers expect HP to place a stronger focus on its enterprise software business with Apotheker at the helm.