Voluntary unpaid time off has been offered to Intel's staff in Leixlip in Kildare.
Workers at the campus have been told they can take three months out, as the tech firm tries to make savings. The company is trying to cut costs by up to $10 billion globally.
The Kildare facility makes up a large portion of the total Irish workforce of over 5,000 but it hasn't been confirmed how many staff are impacted.
Our technology correspondent Jess Kelly says the move is part of a plan to secure the long-term future of Intel's staff;
"The company is saying they're doing it to try and keep staff rather than resorting to job cuts. The chip industry tends to go through peaks and troughs but the big issue for Intel is there not as dominant a player as they once were."