Nokia to axe 4,000 jobs as part of ‘reorganisation’

700 British-based workers are among those to be made redundant.

Finnish mobile phone manufacturer Nokia has announced that 4,000 staff in Europe will be made redundant as the company shifts its focus towards smartphone technology.

It is understood that 700 UK-based workers will lose their jobs as part of the restructuring, which will take effect in 2012.

An additional 3,000 workers will be transferred to technology outsourcing company Accenture as part of the deal, with the Dublin-based firm taking over Nokia's Symbian software product.

Nokia president Stephen Elop said the redundancies reflected the "new focus" on next-generation technology. "This is a difficult reality, and we are working closely with our employees and partners to identify long-term re-employment programmes for the talented people of Nokia," he added.