RIM to cut 2,000 jobs as BlackBerry brand limps on

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rim-logo-thumb.jpgResearch in Motion are lining up another large set of job cuts, with over 2,000 members of staff to be let go, according to reports from Canadian publications The Globe and Mail.

The cuts are expected to be effective from June 1st, slashing RIM’s 16,500 strong worldwide employees by 12% as the Ontario-based company continues to struggle in the smartphone race.

It’s the second large-scale set of job cuts the company has seen in recent years following last years 2,000 job losses, with the new downsizing set to “sweep across departments, ranging from senior positions in RIM’s legal division to human resources, finance, sales, and marketing.”

It’s been a dramatic few years for the company, seeing quarterly profits continue to slide in the face of competition from Android and iOS smartphones.

As a result, key executive-level staff have jumped ship, while long-time co-CEO’s Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis left their roles in order for new CEO Thorsten Heins to take over.

All hopes for the company’s mobile arm now lies with the BlackBerry 10 operating system, a slick new interface intended to rejuvenate the ailing brand.


Gerald Lynch
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