Hewlett Packard puts Norwich jobs under threat

UK HQ of Hewlett Packard. Photo credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

UK HQ of Hewlett Packard. Photo credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire - Credit: PA

About 30 jobs could be lost across Norwich and Cambridge as part of a global restructure by computer-giant Hewlett Packard.

Some of the staff working on IT service contracts with Aviva and Cambridge University may lose their positions as the firm looks to strip 1,124 posts from its UK operations.

An announcement about the cuts was made to employees working on the Aviva contract at Walstan House, Norwich, on Wednesday, according to a source close to the firm.

But a spokesman for Hewlett Packard, which employs about 600 people across Norfolk and Cambridgeshire, said the number of redundancies may reduce if staff take new roles within the business.

In a statement, the company said: 'The proposed UK workforce management plan is part of HP's global multi-year productivity initiative that was announced on May 23, 2012, to address current market and business pressures in support of HP's turnaround in EMEA.

'HP remains committed to supporting the employability of its employees through a number of internal initiatives, including re-skilling, redeployment and support to obtain alternative employment as appropriate.'

The announcement comes after the company revealed in December that it would be part of a £26m project between Norfolk County Council and three global technology giants to provide technology and digital training to classrooms across the county.

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The five-year Digital Norfolk Ambition (DNA) scheme was launched by the council and Hewlett Packard, and its key partners Microsoft and Vodafone, in a bid to save the council more than £10m from its IT budget over five years.

The centre point of the project will be the creation of an 'information hub', where different public sector organisations such as district councils, police, fire and community services will share data in order to plan services better and target them at those in need.

Meanwhile, back in 2011, Hewlett Packard signed a nine year messaging contract with Aviva to enhance the insurer's IT communications across the its global operations.

The deal was an extension of a global outsourcing agreement signed with Aviva in February 2009.