Sony cuts 1,000 jobs at Swedish R&D plant


Cuts follow departure of North West Europe president Pierre Perron last week

Sony Mobile has confirmed that 1,000 jobs will be cut at its Swedish research and development site in Lund.

The cuts, part of a 2,100 reduction to global headcount announced in February, will see employee numbers at the site almost halved to 1,200. By the time the time the full round of cuts is completed its global headcount will be around 5,000.

The site was previously Sony Mobile’s headquarters before it was moved to Tokyo following Sony’s buyout of its partner, Ericsson, in 2012. 1,000 jobs were also cut at the site three years ago as part of the head office move.

It comes just days after the manufacturer confirmed that North West Europe President Pierre Perron was leaving the company.

Sony Mobile confirmed that no UK jobs have been lost as part of this reduction in headcount thus far but refused to comment on whether there were any planned.

The company’s mobile division has been struggling since its split with Ericsson with the company writing down its value by £950 million in February. The company announced its latest flagship handsets, the Xperia Z3+, last month.