Nokia to shed more than 320 jobs, reduce production
As announced first in November 2008, Nokia is getting ready to cut operation costs throughout 2009.
The first important measures that the giant manufacturer wants to take were unveiled today: Nokia will close its site Jyväskylä (Finland) and will scale down the production from Salo (also in Finland).
The Jyväskylä site is a mobile devices R&D one that employs about 320 people. Most of them will apparently be laid off, with Nokia concentrating the R&D activity at sites in Oulu, Tampere, Salo and Helsinki.
As for the Salo site, this currently has 2,500 employees. Since the mobile market demand has shrunk considerably in the last few months (mirroring the global economic downturn), Nokia will slow down the production at said site, by implementing “staggered temporary lay-offs.”
More exactly, about 20-30 percent of the Salo employees will be temporarily laid off at a time.