Nokia unveils final trimming plan, 1120 posts affected
HELSINKI, Jan 17, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
Finnish cell phone giant Nokia on
Thursday announced its plan to further cut 300 IT jobs and
transfer another 820 employees to its service partners.
The decision was made in a staff meeting at Nokia's
headquarters in Espoo, Finland, and Nokia IT personnel in other
cities of Finland, Beijing, Chennai, London and Singapore were
invited to attend the video meeting.
The changes were believed to help increase operational
efficiency, reduce operation costs, and create "an IT organization
appropriate for Nokia's current size and scope," said the company
in a statement.
Last year, the company said it planned to reduce payroll costs
by cutting 3,700 jobs. However, after a series of layoff actions,
there were still about 1,000 posts to be identified.
The announcement on Thursday was said to be the end of its
"Due to a positive prospect, Nokia cuts 300 jobs, which is 700
less than expected," a commentator said in the local radio.
Similar remarks were also found in Finnish newspapers.
But the Finnish public showed a rather negative attitude
towards the plan and did not believe Nokia would stop cutting
jobs, as the majority of the affected employees were based in
A former Nokia project manager told Xinhua that the latest
announcement was a part of the company's established policy,
aiming to reduce its huge expenses.
"It is good news for Nokia but bad news for Finland, as it is
not good for the economy to recover," he said on condition of
Unemployment rate in Finland hit the highest level of nearly 10
percent in 2009 following the global financial crisis. The latest
figure was 7.3 percent last November, according to Finnish
Nokia is a global leader in communication technologies and used
to be a dominator in the international mobile phone market.
Challenged by rivals like Apple and Samsung, it has been
struggling for survival by releasing the series of Lumia smart
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