According to Business Daily, Nokia staff based in Kenya have been spared the axe in Microsoft’s global retrenchment plan. The global retrenchment plan is expected to be concluded in January 2015.
Kunle Awosika, the Microsoft Kenya country manager, stated that Nokia Kenya has been excluded from the purge. This is due to it handling mostly sales and marketing functions.
Awosika stated that the retrenchment, which began in July 2014, has mainly affected Nokia staff based in manufacturing plants and those whose functions overlap with similar roles at Microsoft.
The Nokia Kenya office, also the headquarters for its East Africa operations, has 20 permanent staff members.
Up to 18,000 Nokia staff are facing the axe with the majority (69 per cent) coming from Nokia Finland and Hungary.