Dyson to Slash UK Workforce by a Third in Major Restructuring Effort

Home appliances manufacturer Dyson announced its decision to reduce its UK workforce by almost a third, resulting in approximately 1,000 job cuts. This move is part of a broader restructuring strategy aimed at maintaining its competitive edge in the global market.

The announcement was made to employees earlier this week, with the company planning to retain its research and development hub in the UK. As of the end of last year, Dyson employed 3,500 people in the UK and 14,000 globally.

“We have grown quickly and, like all companies, we review our global structures from time to time to ensure we are prepared for the future,” stated CEO Hanno Kirner who took the helm earlier this year. “As such, we are proposing changes to our organization, which may result in redundancies.”

Dyson, founded in Malmesbury, England in 1991 by billionaire inventor James Dyson, initially gained fame for its innovative bagless vacuum cleaners. Over the past two decades, the company has diversified its product line to include air purifiers, hand dryers, and other household appliances. More than half of Dyson’s sales now come from the Asia Pacific region.

In recent years, Dyson has significantly expanded its manufacturing footprint in Asia, with operations in Singapore and the Philippines. In 2019, James Dyson announced the relocation of the company’s headquarters from the UK to Singapore, a move that underscored the company’s strategic pivot towards the fast-growing Asian markets.

The current workforce reduction marks a significant shift for the company, which has seen rapid expansion and substantial success since its inception. The decision reflects the company’s need to adapt to changing market dynamics and ensure long-term sustainability.

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