RIM could cut 2,000 jobs in major restructure


Reports in the Canadian press claim next round of layoffs at manufacturer will take place around June 1

Research In Motion (RIM) will cut at least 2,000 jobs from its workforce of 16,500 employees as part of a major restructure, according to a report in Canadian newspaper Globe and Mail.

The newspaper, which cited a number of unnamed sources close to the company, claimed the next round of layoffs are planned for around June 1 – the day before RIM’s first quarter ends.

One source told Reuters the impending cuts could hit as many as 6,000 employees and affect the company’s legal, marketing, sales, operations and human resources divisions.

It follows the announcement last week that head of global sales Patrick Spence was leaving the company on June 15. In January RIM said Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis were stepping down as co-CEOs.

RIM announced fourth quarter losses in March of £78 million and said revenues had fallen 25 per cent year-on-year to £2.6 billion.

As part of a wider strategic review of the form, RIM CEO Thorsten Heins (pictured) said the company would refocus on the enterprise business.