Ingram Micro faces an uphill struggle in trying to increase morale at the distributor, as UK staff prepared for redundancies across the board.
Several sources claimed last week that between 50 and 80 staff were expected to made redundant, which could mean a reduction of up to 15 per cent of the UK staff. It is understood that the UK redundancies are not part of the worldwide cutbacks Ingram announced in March, that saw 10 per cent of its worldwide staff laid off.
One source said: 'The departments have been told that they are losing staff but they have no idea what the numbers are.'
An observer added: 'The mood is sombre at Ingram. Everyone is expecting the worse. This couldn't have come at worse time, when it has just lost its managing director.'
Another source claimed that a taskforce had been set up recently to look at areas for cutbacks. It was claimed that Barrie Jennings, director of telebusiness, Terry Martin, director of field sales and Wendy Humpreys, director of customer services, were on the taskforce, indicating that the cutbacks would affect the distributor across the board.
A representative at Ingram refused to comment but admitted that an announcement would be made on 25 May.
When PC Dealer contacted Sandy Scott, the former managing director of Ingram, he said: 'I don't want to talk to you at all. You are going to cost me a lot of money.'
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