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The 10 Biggest Tech Layoffs In 2020 (So Far)

Joseph F. Kovar

A large number of tech workers have been laid off in 2020 due in large part to the impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, with layoffs and furloughs happening both in the vendor and the channel communities.

10. Sophos

Sophos in June restructured, cutting its workforce by up to 16 percent and closing some offices just three months after being acquired by private equity firm Thoma Bravo, according to media reports at the time. Sophos confirmed the restructuring to CRN, but did not respond to questions about how many workers were impacted and in what job functions or geographies.

The Abingdon, U.K.-based platform security vendor, which employed 3,400 people throughout 51 offices according to its 2019 annual report, implemented the cuts in part as a response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The job cuts are impacting staff across multiple divisions and geographies, though the United Kingdom was likely the worst-hit area. About 100 employees, primarily from its sales engineering division, were part of the layoffs.

 
Joseph F. Kovar

Joseph F. Kovar is a senior editor and reporter for the storage and the non-tech-focused channel beats for CRN. He keeps readers abreast of the latest issues related to such areas as data life-cycle, business continuity and disaster recovery, and data centers, along with related services and software, while highlighting some of the key trends that impact the IT channel overall. He can be reached at jkovar@thechannelcompany.com.

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