Intel to cut 12,000 jobs as it confronts decline in PCs
SAN FRANCISCO —Tech giant Intel says it will cut 12,000 jobs, or about 11 percent of its workforce, as it reorganizes to confront a decline in sales of personal computers.
As of the end of last year, Intel employed about 107,300 staff members.
Intel said most of the employees affected by the layoffs will be notified in the next 60 days, while some of the cuts may happen in mid-2017.
Intel is and has been the largest computer chipmaker in the world. The company bet heavily on the stability of the PC business years ago, and its microprocessors have dominated the PC industry.
But the company has failed to replicate that success across mobile devices that have now replaced traditional desktops and laptops.
Nearly 60% of Intel’s sales and profits came from its microprocessor and chip business, which means that any changes to the PC business have a big impact on Intel’s bottom line.
The company says it expects to save $750 million this year and $1.4 billion by the middle of next year from the job cuts and related expense reductions.
At the same time, Intel said it plans to invest more in “growing” areas of its business, such as convertible laptop-tablet devices, as well as gaming.
Intel also said it wants to invest more in its data center and Internet of Things businesses.