Computer maker Dell has opened a voluntary redundancy programme to certain staff at its Irish operations.

The move is part of a staff reduction programme open in 11 countries across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

A spokesperson for the company, which employs 2,500 people at three campuses in Cork, Limerick and Dublin, confirmed the decision.

However, she said not every employee is eligible to apply and in areas where there is recruitment under way, for example, the programme is not open at all. 

The company says it has no goal or target in terms of numbers, but is inviting interested people to apply.

Dell is, however, also recruiting in Ireland, particularly for its financial services and solutions businesses.

The spokesperson said that overall it is expected employment numbers in Ireland will remain the same in the months ahead as the programme and recruitment will run in parallel.