Global mobile phone handset leader Nokia, smarting under pressure in a smartphone challenge it faces from rivals such as Apple, Samsung and phones based on Google’s Android platform, said on Wednesday that it planned to slash up to 300 jobs in India as part of a worldwide cut in headcount by 7,000.
The job cuts will take place by the end of 2012.
A Nokia spokesperson confirmed to Hindustan Times the staff reductions planned in India, which is one of the hottest markets for the Finnish giant.
Nokia will directly lay off 4,000 people globally, while 3,000 jobs would be moved to US major Accenture that would take care of Nokia’s Symbian software activities.
“The layoffs will be minimal,” a Nokia spokesperson told PTI. The cuts will be in the research and development work in India, with Symbian staff transferred to Accenture.
Nokia’s India operations has a total workforce of about 10,000, as many as 1,500 of them in R&D.
With PTI inputs.