Nokia lays off 800 staff in Finland

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Nokia will axe 800 jobs at its Finnish headquarters in its Symbian smartphone and  services departments by Spring 2011

Nokia is to make around 800 redundancies from its Symbian unit at its headquarters in Finland in the first quarter of next year.

Nokia came to an agreement with worker representatives over the plan, as required by Finnish law. A Nokia spokesperson in Finland told Mobile News staff would be given the option of voluntary redundancy or the chance to apply for jobs in a different Nokia department.

“Voluntary packages will be offered to staff and depending on how long they have worked at Nokia they will be legible for between five to 15 months salary,” the spokesperson said.

“Staff will also have the opportunity to apply for roles in other parts of the business. As the notice period [at Nokia] is currently six months it will likely be spring before we know [how many people will leave the company and how many will take new roles].”

When the initial announcement of 1,800 global redundancies was announced in October, Nokia  executive vice president of HR Juha Äkräs said it was vital to keep the company running successfully.

“The aim is to accelerate the company’s transformation towards a leading mobile solutions provider,” he said.

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