Microsoft’s jobs cull to include 1,000 in struggling Finland: report
R&D unit to be axed, according to insiders
Microsoft's workforce downsizing will include 1,000 jobs in Finland, Reuters reported, citing Finnish daily Helsingin Sanomat.
Finland is in deep recession. Its economy has shrunk for two successive years and this year is widely expected to continue the trend.
Helsingin Sanomat referred to anonymous insiders who said 500 of Microsoft's cuts would be from the closing of a former Nokia research and development unit in Oulu, northern Finland. Some 25,000 Nokia workers became Microsoft employees when the Redmond tech firm acquired Nokia's devices business earlier this year. Some 4,700 of those were based in Finland.
Following the acquisition, Microsoft has been looking at overlapping roles within its newly formed devices business, which is a merger of the ex-Nokia unit and Microsoft's legacy business, which includes Surface tablets and Xbox games consoles.
Chief executive Satya Nadella last week sent a lengthy memo to Microsoft employees that stressed focus and productivity. Bloomberg subsequently reported that job cuts to rival Microsoft's 2009 cull of 5,800 would be announced as soon as this week.