Nokia to dismiss 330 R&D staffers

Nokia lay off as many as 330 positions from its research and development staff, or about 2 percent of its global R&D workforce, due to streamlining effort.

Though Nokia still holds the top spot in the smart phone arena, its dominance has been eroded by competition from the likes of Apple and Research In Motion. A recent In-Stat report found that Nokia’s share of the smart phone market had dropped to 35 percent in this year’s second quarter compared with 50 percent in the prior year’s quarter.

Currently, the company employs more than 17,000 workers in its R&D business. It has 2,000 employees at the Oulu facility and 1,000 in Copenhagen. The changes will likely hit up to 230 workers in the company’s Oulu site in Finland and roughly 100 at its Copenhagen site. Nokia said it plans to offer voluntary severance packages to the affected workers and to find alternative jobs for as many people as possible.

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