Nokia may slash up to 6,000 research jobs

Nokia may cut 38 percent of global R&D workforce

Nokia may soon cut 38 percent of all of its research and development jobs, according to Finnish office worker union Pro. This translates to about 6,000 employees, and Forbes expects the restructuring will be officially announced before month's end. The phone giant doesn't need the staff, as it has struck a deal with Microsoft that will see Nokia preload Windows Phone 7 onto its products.

As such, Nokia's own Symbian operating system will slowly be phased out while MeeGo is being badged as undergoing experimental status. At the end of 2010, Nokia had 16,134 research employees.

The move followed a shake-up of higher-level executives earlier in February along with a number of Nokia employee protests after the deal was announced.

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