Motorola to Axe Birmingham Staff

In a move to try and turn around their ailing mobile division, Motorola will be making at least 50 people redundant from their Birmingham based design team.
It could be understandable, considering most Motos are the same rehashed phone again and again just in different colours.

All of the 121 Birmingham based staff have been told this week they are at "risk of redundancy", as Moto looks to lose half, and the rest may be moved to other locations.

Motorola said in a statement: "Since the beginning of 2007 Motorola has been public about its commitment to returning the company’s Mobile Devices business to its market-leading position by improving profitability, driving product portfolio enhancements and rationalising costs."

"As a result it is proposed that the Birmingham site will need to reduce headcount by approximately 50 per cent which may potentially require the closure of the site."

"Therefore, all employees will initially be placed at ‘risk of redundancy’ whilst alternative opportunities including redeployment, relocation, flexible working/home working or the opportunity of a ‘service site’ arrangement are investigated as part of the consultation process."

As is normal in redundancies there will be a 90 day consultation period, with the job cuts to come soon after.

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