US tech firm Hewlett Packard Enterprise cutting dozens of jobs in Belfast
A US technology firm is cutting jobs and could shut down one of its engineering offices in Belfast with the loss of dozens of jobs, it has emerged.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise has had a 3PAR engineering office in Belfast for the last five years.
It first set up shop in 2012, as a new 'Global Centre of Software Engineering Excellence'.
But now the firm is understood to be shutting down its 3PAR team in Belfast.
The Belfast-based research and development teams are developing cloud-based software for HPE's 3PAR storage system.
At the time of its launch, the firm said that "enhanced capacity at our new office facility, coupled with ever-growing demand for HP's services in Northern Ireland, will also enable us to support further job creation".
It's understood staff in the Belfast office were told about the cuts this week.
It's believed the number of workers at the base here has reduced during the course of this year.
A spokesman for HPE told the Belfast Telegraph: "These changes are part of a company-wide strategy to give HPE the needed workforce to be a more nimble customer and partner-centric company.
"This change will not cause any disruption to HPE's customer support and we remain fully committed to 3PAR."
According to website The Register, a spokesman for the company confirmed the engineering office was to be closed.
Last week, the Belfast Telegraph revealed a childcare business is due to close with the loss of almost 50 jobs.
Keys Group, which is based in south Belfast, is a Northern Ireland company which provides services for childcare, based primarily elsewhere in the UK, and outside the province. But it's understood that following a takeover by new owners, private equity firm G Square, its Belfast base will be shut as early as February.