Nokia to lay off 4,000 staff - mostly in Symbian and MeeGo areas
Within a week of Nokia and Microsoft signing their "strategic partnership", the next phase of Nokia's change in direction has been revealed: a reduction in headcount by 4,000 and the move of 3,000 additional staff to Accenture to maintain Symbian:
Nokia laid out plans to align its global workforce and consolidate its site operations to deliver upon the new strategy, as well as the projected cost savings announced last week. Nokia expects the total reduction of personnel, across all sites and countries, to total 4,000 employees (out of approximately 65,000 worldwide, not including NSN) by the end of 2012. This includes an estimated 1,400 employees in Finland.
Reductions are expected to take place in phases until the end of 2012, linked to the rollout of Nokia’s planned product and services portfolio. The planned reductions will have the greatest impact on the Symbian and MeeGo R&D. In addition, approximately 3,000 employees are planned to transfer to Accenture to support the continued delivery of Symbian software development and support services. In accordance with local country legal requirements, discussions with employee representatives started today.
Our thoughts are with our friends at Nokia who may be affected by this move; and this also casts a dark shadow over the release of Nokia's Harmattan device later this year: with such a reduction in staff, the long term viability of Nokia's MeeGo efforts - even as an R&D project - must be called into question.