There's been speculation in the country over whether more cuts to Nokia staffing levels were on the way following Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's email to employees last week. According to a Helsingin Sanomat report on Wednesday, multiple sources told the paper that Microsoft is planning to cut 1,000 staff in Finland and shut down Nokia's Oulu R&D labs in the north of the country, which are mainly responsible for developing software for feature phones. Microsoft declined to comment on the report.
The Oulu facility employs 500 staff while Microsoft's other ex-Nokia staff are spread across Nokia's former locations, with 1,970 in Espoo, 1,100 in Salo, and 1,120 in Tampere, Helsingin Sanomat said.
In the past, Nokia employees have had the benefit of the company's generous Bridge programme, which had helped some of the 40,000 workers who lost their jobs in recent years to develop marketable skills or launch their own startup. One of its most well-known alumni of the programme was Finnish smartphone startup Jolla, which leaned on Nokia's open source MeeGo OS to launch its own smartphone.
When Nokia completed the sale of its devices business to Microsoft, it also announced it would be introduce "elements" of the Bridge programme to employees in Chennai and Masan. According to the Economic Times, Nokia kicked off the program there this June.