9/19/2013 12:14:59 PM
BlackBerry set to cut 40% of workforce
Blackberry is preparing to cut thousands of jobs as its fortunes continue to take a swift decline.
The staffing cuts will account for 40% of Blackberry’s employees, which totalled to more than 12,000 in March. In August the manufacturer cut 100 jobs at its HQ in Waterloo, Ontario, while 250 positions were made redundant in July at the Canadian company’s product testing facility.
A Blackberry spokesman told the Wall Street Journal: ‘Organisational moves will continue to occur to ensure we have the right people in the right roles to drive new opportunities in mobile computing.’ A spokesperson for the company refused to comment on whether there would be job cuts in the UK.
The beleaguered manufacturer effectively put itself up for sale last month amid poor sales figures and tumbling profits. It posted a surprise quarterly loss of $84m in June, and has since been overtaken in OS market share by Windows Phone. It announced its latest flagship, the BlackBerry Z30 yesterday, with the handset getting a three day exclusive through Carphone Warehouse's Selfridges concessions.
Author: Matthew Campelli