280 people are to lose their jobs at computer company Hewlett Packard.

220 are employees, while a further 60 are contractors. All work at the company's offices in Sandyford in Dublin.

The job cuts follow a decision by one of the company's clients, Barclaycard, to move services closer to its customers in Portugal and Italy.

As a result, HP said the multilingual support services it provides to the client will end at the end of March next year. HP said that employees have been told.

In a statement, HP said it remains fully committed to its operations in Ireland.

It said it will work closely with its employees on the transition and redeployment opportunities to help minimise any impact and ensure high standards of customer delivery quality are maintained.

The statement adds that HP continues to hire in Ireland in line with recent announcements and is on schedule to build a new facility at its site in Ballybrit, Galway.