Dell may be laying off a large amount of their staff from their offices around the world very soon, according to The Register. Dell may be cutting around 20% of their U.S. based sales staff and around 30% of their sales and marketing teams in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Dell did not say how many people this would affect. Dell is cutting employees in the PC department along with their enterprise and storage departments.
One of the driving forces for the layoffs is the broad PC market. Worldwide PC shipments including desktops and laptops dropped for the seventh consecutive quarter, according to Gartner. Tablets and smartphones have replaced PCs, which is causing the decline. The global PC shipment number for 2013 is believed to have it around 315.9 million, which is down 10% from 2012. Lenovo overtook HP as the lead PC vendor in 2013, but Dell has retained third place.
“When necessary, we’ll continue to make tough decisions to help ensure our long-term success — some of these decisions may affect our workforce. We are committed to building upon our multichannel approach to serving customers — channel, online, and direct — and are investing in sales coverage and training,” said Dell in a statement.