Google cuts 4,000 jobs to restructure Motorola mobility
Motorola mobility cut 20% of staff in a bid to regain its profitability and recover from its losses after being ousted by the invention of smartphones.
The mobile handset maker, recently purchased by Google Inc. for $12.5billion, is closing around a third of its 90 offices around the world, making 4,000 people redundant.
In a Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing, Google stated that two-thirds of the job cuts would be from outside the US.
The announcement in the SEC filing on 3rd August stated: “Google will be shifting the emphasis from feature phones to more innovative and profitable devices.”
The cuts have been necessary for the company to regain its profitability after the once leading mobile phone company was ousted by the invention of the smartphone.
“These changes are designed to return Motorola’s mobile devices unit to profitability, after it lost money in fourteen of the last sixteen quarters”, the company stated.
Acknowledging that their decision will make a great deal of people face an uncertain future of unemployment, Motorola “will be providing generous severance packages, as well as outplacement services to help the employees find new jobs”, according to the SEC filing.
Line Elise Svanevik