Motorola to cut 1,200 jobs as it continues restructure


More than one tenth of the manufacturer’s workforce to be laid off as Google pushes on with its restructuring plan

Motorola Mobility is to cut a further 1,200 jobs, or more than 10 per cent of its workforce, as Google continues to restructure the company in an attempt to return it to profitability.

The layoffs are expected to affect the manufacturer’s operations in the United States, China and India. Its business in the UK is unlikely to be hit.

A Motorola spokesperson said: “These cuts are a continuation of the reductions we announced last summer. It’s obviously very hard for the employees concerned, and we are committed to helping them through this difficult transition.”

An internal email published by the Wall Street Journal said: “Our costs are too high, we’re operating in markets where we’re not competitive and we’re losing money.”

The latest move comes after 4,000 jobs were cut at the firm in August, with the company also closing or consolidating one third of its 90 factories, as well as simplifying its mobile portfolio.

Google completed the acquisition of Motorola Mobility last May for $12.5 billion (£8.3 billion), with the manufacturer’s portfolio of 17,000 patents the primary driver of the purchase. In October it was revealed that Google had spent $349 million in Q3 incorporating Motorola Mobility into its business.