6,000 RIM employees to be cut

Macworld Australia Staff
29 May, 2012
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Canadian telecommunications company Research In Motion (RIM) is set to cut up to 6000 employees from its 16,500 worldwide workforce.

The next wave of job cuts are set for June 1, a day before the RIM financial year ends, and thought to impact 2,000 employees in HR, legal, marketing, sales and operations departments.

The BlackBerry manufacturers cutback comes on the back of last July’s layoffs that saw 11 percent of their workforce axed.

According to The Guardian the dismissals have been ongoing for junior staff for months, “in what have come to be known internally as ‘Goodbye Thursdays’, because the cuts typically come on that day of the week.”

The issues at RIM have been amplified by a long list of recent high-level departures, including the chief legal officer Karima Bawa’s exit today, global head of sales Patrick Spence last week and co-chief executives Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie’s resignations in January.

The former business-mobile leader announced a US$125m fourth quarter loss in March and a revenue fall by almost 25 percent.

Layoffs have been a common trend with HP confirming 27,000 employees will be cut by 2014 last week, plans from Sony to remove 10,000 jobs from its workforce and April’s announced job cuts at Yahoo.



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