Nokia Announces Layoffs Plan
Nokia will follow Motorola's recent example and come up with a layoff scheme of its own. The plans are already being discussed with employees and will come into effect on January 1 2009.
November 4, 2008
One of the main corporates blow will be delivered to Nokia's Turku site in Finland, as the mobile maker plans to relocate those activities predominantly to Salo (Finland). The Turku office currently has 220 employees. The company promised that staffers will be moved to either Salo or to the capital area in Finland, but actual plans are still being drawn. The closing of the Turku site is estimated to be completed by the end of January, 2009.
Next in line comes comes the Markets unit. Nokia intends to “de-layer the organization”. In translation, the move will affect 450 employees, 100 them located in in Finland.
The Nokia Research Center (NRC) will ocus on fewer but stronger research areas, thus giving the pink slip to around 130 NRC employees globally. The NRC is specialized in long-term research activities.
Last but not least, Nokia also plans some smaller workforce adjustments in global process operations, estimated to affect approximately 35 employees.