IT giant Microsoft is set to slash 9,000 jobs in China because it will shut down two mobile phone manufacturing plants in the country, according to media reports.
This job cut is part of an estimated 18,000 job cuts which Microsoft announced in the wake of its purchase of the Nokia mobile phone unit for $7.2 billion.
The unit sale has already impacted several thousand jobs in India because Nokia has decided to shut down its mobile manufacturing plant in Chennai. The plant was not part of final deal between Nokia and Microsoft.
Microsoft is yet to announce the details of the remaining 9,000 people and impacted geographies.
Microsoft, which purchased Nokia’s handset business last April, scheduled the closure of the plants — located in Beijing and the southeastern city of Dongguan — earlier this month and plans to ship some of the manufacturing equipment there to Vietnam.
The government-run Beijing Youth Daily reported that the closures and transfer of manufacturing unit to Vietnam will likely be completed by the end of March.