Mobile phone giant Nokia has announced plans to cut 1700 jobs globally and the company's operation in China may also be affected.

So far, Nokia China has confirmed that the company's headquarters will slash 1700 jobs in the coming months, involving many departments including mobile phone, marketing, corporate development and global support, but a definitive number for China is still unclear. This is known to be the second staff reduction of the world's largest mobile phone company in six months.

In November 2008, Nokia announced plans to cut 600 jobs in Finland, Britain, the United States and Singapore. At that time, Nokia China only had some structural adjustments.

A representative from Nokia China says it's a different situation this time and it is likely that some of the positions in the company will be adjusted. The company put forward a voluntary resignation plan last month, encouraging employees to resign on a voluntary basis. It is learned that Nokia China will pay the first 1000 employees who are willing to resign between March 1 and May 31, 2009. The company says it hopes to reduce human resource costs and avoid a compulsive reduction through this measure.

In addition, Nokia also encourages its staff to take non-paid vacations this year.

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