Nokia will cut its global workforce by 4,000 and move another 3,000 Symbian staff to IT company Accenture, the manufacturer announced today (27 April).
The measures form part of Nokia's target to reduce its Devices & Services non-IFRS operating expenses by €1bn for the full year 2013.
Nokia will form strategic collaboration with Accenture that will result in the transfer of Nokia's Symbian software activities, including around 3,000 employees, to the IT company.
In addition, the manufacturer will reduce its global workforce by about 4,000 employees by the end of 2012, with the majority of reductions in Denmark, Finland and the UK.
Discussions with employee representatives started today.
Nokia also plans to consolidate the company's research and product development sites so that each site has a clear role and mission. Nokia expects the expansion of some sites and the contraction or closure of others.
All employees affected by the reduction plans can stay on the Nokia payroll through the end of 2011.
Nokia expects reductions to occur in phases until the end of 2012, linked to the rollout of its planned product and services portfolio.
During this period, Nokia intends to ramp up its capacity for the development of Nokia smartphones based on the Windows Phone platform, the company's range of mobile phones and its services portfolio.
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said: ‘At Nokia, we have new clarity around our path forward, which is focused on our leadership across smart devices, mobile phones and future disruptions. However, with this new focus, we also will face reductions in our workforce. This is a difficult reality, and we are working closely with our employees and partners to identify long-term re-employment programs for the talented people of Nokia.’
He added: ‘We are offering those who are losing their jobs a range of options, from individual re-employment support and re-training to making investments to promote innovation and working with a variety of partners to create new opportunities.’