Nokia to Show 7,000 Employees the Door by 2012

April 27, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

This could seem a shocker.  But then, we all knew this was coming, didn’t we? When the Microsoft-Nokia deal on Windows Phone 7 came about, we had told you something of this sort was bound to happen. It indeed is! The changed scenario has made Nokia announce that 4,000 of their staff will see their jobs axed. A further 3,000 will be transferred to a new employer, it said. Thus, the company will have altogether 7,000 personnel leaving the company.

The first 4000 will be shown the door by the beginning of next year. The new move, as part of the bid to cut operating expenses by €1bn (£888m), is most likely to affect employees in Denmark, the UK and in the homeland of the company, Finland. They will also transfer 3,000 of its staff to the consultancy firm Accenture. Nokia will outsource their  Symbian software activities to Accenture, who in turn will provide mobility software services to the Finnish major’s   smartphones of the future.

This process of transferring will be completed before the end of 2012. These 3000 personnel will be those who have worked in developing Nokia’s Symbian operating system. We learn that both Nokia and Accenture have plans to seek opportunities to retrain and redeploy transitioned employees.

These employees will continue to work on the next Symbian project and will lend their software services to the company’s future devices. Nokia has also made it clear that they will be employed in the Windows – Nokia smartphones project.

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