Sun confirms 1,300 layoffs

Company sheds 1,300 people from workforce with a target of 6,000 jobs set to be lost. Job cuts are part of a plan first announced in November.

Colin Barker Special to CNET News

Sun Microsystems has laid off 1,300 workers, part of a planned sequence of job reductions first revealed in November when the company announced that it was intending to shed 6,000 people, or 14 percent to 18 percent of its workforce.

The job losses are worldwide, and follow Sun's announcement in December that 130 jobs were going at the company's plant in Scotland.

In a statement, Sun said on Thursday that the layoffs were made across all levels "including vice presidents and directors." The cuts are part of a restructuring of the company, Sun said, that are intended to save between $700 million to $800 million each year. The company said it believed the restructuring would "result in a more efficient coverage model with resources aligned to growth opportunities."

According to the statement, the company believes cost-cutting measures and organizational changes "will put the company on track for improved financial performance."

Colin Barker of ZDNet UK reported from London.