Nokia to lay off 1,800 workers


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Nokia, the world’s leading mobile phone supplier and provider of mobile and fixed telecom networks including related customer services, is set to offload 1 800 workers in a move aimed at increasing effectiveness.

The executive vice-president for Nokia Human Resources, Juha Äkräs, made the announcement on Wednesday saying the development would boost the company’s plans to renew product creation in order to increase responsiveness to consumer demands.

Äkräs said the message had already been communicated to its employees from the corporate functions and corporate research, which would be streamlined.

“Changes impacting personnel are always difficult. We are committed to managing these changes in a way that reflect Nokia’s values, and will support affected employees with alternative solutions, such as helping them find new positions within the company,” he said.

“The announcement today is the result of careful evaluation and planning; the plans have now been reviewed and endorsed by the new management.

“The aim is to accelerate the company’s transformation towards a leading mobile solutions provider, and to do this we are simplifying and integrating operations within our product creation and corporate functions.”

He said plans include simplifying operations in product creation in Nokia’s Symbian Smartphones organisation, as well as Nokia’s Services organisation and certain corporate functions.

Äkräs said the global reduction in workforce would boost the use of common tools for application development, the streamlining of software development, simplifying and consolidating of operations thereby placing greater focus on adding value to consumers.

He said the changes would target increased competitiveness and support building an attractive and sustainable platform for application developers.

Apart from simplifying its working methods, Nokia aims to provide more compelling Ovi services to consumers.