Mobile phone manufacturer Nokia has announced it will shed 7,000 jobs from next year as part of a plan to refocus the company on smartphones.
The firm said 4,000 jobs worldwide would be cut – including a total of 700 jobs from Nokia’s UK sites.
Nokia will also transfer a further 3,000 employees to outsourcing and consultancy group Accenture, which will take over Nokia’s Symbian software.
The Finnish firm is moving from Symbian to Microsoft’s smartphone technology.
The firm recently confirmed the deal with Microsoft last week to jointly develop smartphone technology, which will cut costs by about 1bn euros a year.
Under the terms of that deal, Nokia agreed to start using the Microsoft’s operating system on its smartphones instead of its own Symbian platform.
“This is about keeping focus within Nokia on Windows Phone. It helps to get rid of any doubts on where this company is going,” said Carolina Milanesi, an analyst at Gartner.
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