In a bid to restructure its costs in connection with its 2010 operating plan, software specialist Adobe recently announced plans to slash its global workforce by 9%, eliminating some 680 full-time positions.

PrintWeek MEA asked the general manager of Adobe Middle East, Abdallah Saqqa, whether the Middle East division was slashing any regional jobs.  He said, “The company re-organisation was done in all geographies and all countries, however it will have no immediate effect on the Middle East operations particularly in the local office based in Dubai, UAE.

“Adobe still has a strong focus on the Middle East region as it is a substantial part of our growth strategy and therefore there is no intention to downsize the business we are doing here.”

The company had announced that the restructuring plan is expected to incur pre-tax charges of approximately $65m-$71m, including $48m-$52m relating to employee severance payments.

Adobe also added it expected to incur $18m-$20m in other charges, which
will include $17m-$19m costs relating to the consolidation of leased facilities, in its forthcoming fourth-quarter results.

Saqqa emphasised, “Adobe Middle East will continue to bring a more focused effort and support to our customers in the Middle East and will work closely with Adobe’s network of partners in the region.

“Adobe Systems Incorporated is restructuring its business to align costs with its fiscal 2010 operating plan and budget, its three-year strategic priorities and the realities of the business environment, as well as to ensure its ability to continue investing in long-term growth opportunities.”

No former Omniture employees would be impacted by the cuts — Omniture had its own 9 per cent workforce reduction after being acquired by Adobe.

This round of job cuts came less than a year after Adobe cut 600 jobs citing less-than-anticipated demand for its Creative Suite 4 series of products.

In December 08, Adobe cut 8% of the company’s global workforce, with analysts noting the company would have to launch further job cuts within the next 12 months.