Computer giant Intel has said plans to reduce staff numbers will not affect their Irish workforce.

"There's no indication it will affect anyone in Ireland," an Intel Ireland spokesperson told RTÉ News.

The California-based company said yesterday it will trim its workforce by 5% this year as it shifts from personal computers to powering mobile gadgets.

Word of the job cuts came a day after Intel reported that its net profit last year sank 13% percent but that the troubled personal computer market appeared to be stabilising.

Intel employs 4,500 people in its Irish operations, with hundreds more working in subsidiary companies in Shannon, Cork and Belfast.

“We do expect employment to come down by about 5% by the end of the year,” Intel spokesman Chris Kraeuter told the AFP newswire.

“It is something we regularly do to make sure that the people we have match up with our priorities.”

He declined to disclose which positions or locations would be targeted for cuts.

Trimming workforce could include simply not filling positions as people quit or retire, according to Mr Kraeuter, who noted that the annual attrition rate at Intel is nearly 4%.

Intel reported on Thursday it made a net profit of €7bn on revenue of €39bn last year as compared with €8bn in net profit on €39bn in revenue in 2012.

Intel remains the world's biggest producer of chips for personal computers but has been lagging in the surging mobile marketplace of tablets and smartphones.