Nokia cuts 7,000 jobs as reality kicks in

Nokia cuts 7,000 jobs as reality kicks in

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has given us plenty of positive quotes about the company's bright future now that it's teaming up with Microsoft and Windows Phone 7.

But back at the ranch there's been the problem of what to do with Symbian and the thousands of employees that until not too long ago were fully committed to its development. Today we have the answer: Nokia is slashing 7,000 jobs – including 700 in the UK.

Neither Elop nor anyone else inside Nokia has had much to say about staff cuts in the past couple of months, but with Symbian being phased out over the next year or two and software development duties for the Windows Phone OS being handled by Microsoft, some sort of restructuring was bound to happen sooner or later.

In total, 4,000 jobs worldwide will be cut altogether, including 700 from Nokia's UK operations, while a further 3,000 employees currently working on Symbian will be transferred to consultancy group Accenture, which is taking over control of the software platform.

“This is a difficult reality, and we are working closely with our employees and partners to identify long-term re-employment programmes for the talented people of Nokia,” Elop said in a statement.

The cuts and redeployments will start next year as Nokia looks to wind up its involvement with Symbian and moves exclusively over to Windows Phone for its smartphone operations.


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JanSt / MOD  Apr. 27, 2011 at 17:47

Nokia cut 4000, not 7000 jobs - around 12% of the current workforce by the end of 2012.
3000 employees are moved to Accenture. They have a job. For now anyways.

I'm not trying to make light of this. Business is bad, the 'economy' is bad.
Nokia happens to do a lot of work in Europe. Funnily (not), I cannot see at all how this is more of a scandal than, say, the Foxconn outrage (which by the by is not only an Apple skeleton - though Apple have driven Foxconn to extremes in terms of profit margins and discounts).

We praise Apple for the insane, un-heard-of profits, we honour the Gateses and Schmidts of this world, but blimey, do the dirty deeds out of sight, will ya!
Nokia shrugged off the scandal when they moved German jobs in good times. Most of our European Blackberrys were made in Mexico. What do Canadian unemployed think about that? We ship water in plastic bottles around the world. We throw out more food than what we consume.
It is ugly.
Singling out the 'loser' of the month won't make anything better.
Schadenfreude bites back.

I'm not saying this article is wrong, by the way.
But I've been closely following the buzz around this issue all day, and there is a lot of sniggering and gloating... at what? People losing their jobs, but hey, your brand and the shareholders win? Yes, Nokia's shares are up because of this collateral damage =>


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