Google cuts one in five Motorola staff

MOTOROLA Mobility, the mobile phone maker bought by Google last year, is set to lose 4,000 staff as it targets a return to profitability.

The cuts – 20 per cent of Motorola’s workforce – represent the first big step Google has taken to revive the ailing manufacturer since its $12.5bn (£8bn) acquisition was completed in May. Motorola said it will shut a third of its 94 offices.

Google did not give details of how Motorola’s 250 staff in the UK will be affected, although two-thirds of the cuts will be outside of the US. The web giant said severance costs of around $275m will be included in its next round of accounts.

Motorola will now focus on making fewer phones and look at exiting unprofitable markets. Google said: “We expect this strategy to create new opportunities and help return Motorola’s mobile devices unit to profitability.”

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