US computer giant Hewlett-Packard - which has an office on Birmingham Business Park - is to axe nearly 1,000 jobs in the UK in the next year.
The cuts are part of 5,900 job losses which will hit the comany's European, Middle East and African operations.
However, HP's production in the UK will be little affected, with the job cuts mainly in human resources, IT and finance, a spokesman said yesterday.
He would not give a figure for compulsory redundancies, saying it was too early in the process.
HP's five main British sites - Bracknell, Bristol, Glasgow, Reading and Warrington - will all see job cuts, but Glasgow will not be badly hit because it is a production centre. The company was unable to say if any jobs would go in Birmingham.
Hewlett-Packard said in July it would slash about ten per cent of its workforce, or 14,500 jobs, in a sweeping move by new chief executive Mark Hurd to cut costs by $1.9 billion (£1.04 billion) a year and compete better in cut- throat computer and printer markets.
The cuts are the biggest since former chief executive Carly Fiorina slashed roughly 15,000 jobs after HP's $19 billion (£10.43 billion) acquisition of rival Compaq Computer in May 2002.