Intel recently laid off tech administrators across the company in the US and Costa Rica. According to The Oregonian, Intel did confirm the layoffs but declined to specify the exact number of people who lost their jobs or the motives behind the cutbacks.
According to information provided to The Oregonian, the number of people affected by the layoffs was reportedly in the hundreds. The same insiders have also suggested that the layoffs were not entirely tied to cutting-cost. Rather, it reflects a broad change in the way Intel is approaching its internal technical systems.
Additional information states that the semiconductor maker will consolidate operations under a single contractor; the Indian tech giant Infosys. With fewer contractors, Intel states that it needs fewer managers to oversee the people working in the factory.
For the record, this isn’t the first time Intel has been forced to layoff its staff. Back in 2016, Intel laid off around 12,000 people in an effort to restructure the company. However, the layoffs at the time were part of a transformation exercise to transform itself into a company that focuses on Internet-of-Thing (IoT) and connected devices. Areas that the chipset maker has yet to revisit anytime soon.
On another note, Intel is also preparing to reshape its manufacturing technology and is preparing to build new factories in Oregon, Ireland and Israel. These factories are expected to create 1750 jobs in Oregon next year as part of the expansion of its Hillsboro research factory called D1X.
(Source: The Oregonian)