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Dell to lay off 6,650 workers, or 5% of its workforce

Key Points
  • Dell on Monday announced plans to lay off more than 6,650 employees, or about 5% of its workforce, according to an SEC filing. 
  • In a memo to employees, Jeff Clarke,  co-COO at Dell, said the cuts were made in an effort to "stay ahead of downturn impacts."
  • Clarke said the changes Dell had already implemented, like limiting travel, pausing external hiring and reducing outside services spending, were no longer sufficient. 

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Dell CEO Michael Dell delivers a keynote address during the 2013 Oracle Open World conference on September 25, 2013 in San Francisco, California.
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Dell on Monday announced plans to lay off 5% of its workforce, or about 6,650 employees, according to an SEC filing

The cuts at Dell come as demand for PCs and laptops has slowed globally. Global shipments of PCs were down 28% year over year in the fourth quarter of 2022, according to industry analysts at IDC. Computer shipments at Dell fell 37% for that same period, while competitors Lenovo, HP and Apple were down 28%, 29% and 2%, respectively.

Shares of Dell closed down 3% Monday.

In a memo to employees, Jeff Clarke, co-chief operating officer at Dell, said the cuts were made in an effort to "stay ahead of downturn impacts." He said the moves Dell had already implemented, like limiting travel, pausing external hiring and reducing outside services spending, were no longer sufficient. 

"Unfortunately, with changes like this, some members of our team will be leaving the company," Clarke said. "There is no tougher decision, but one we had to make for our long-term health and success." 

As of Jan. 28, 2022, Dell had 133,000 total employees, according to a company filing with the SEC.

In the memo to employees, Clarke said Dell has navigated economic downturns before, and "emerged stronger" as a result.

"We will be ready when the market rebounds," he wrote.

The company's layoff announcement marks the latest round of job cuts in the tech industry, as PayPal on Tuesday announced plans to cut 2,000 jobs. In January, Google revealed plans to lay off more than 12,000 workers, Microsoft disclosed plans to cut 10,000 employees and Salesforce announced plans to lay off 7,000 workers.

Correction: Google, Microsoft and Salesforce announced layoff plans in January. An earlier version misstated the month. Dell's shares were trading Monday. An earlier version misstated the day.