Victim Of Nokia Redundancy? Skype Can Help You

If you happen to be a Nokia employee who works in the Symbian department then you may be fearing for your job right now, after the news that your company has just made a deal with Microsoft which involves them making your job obselete. Luckily if the dreaded day does come, Skype is on hand to pick you up.

The video calling site has expressed their interest in snapping up any Nokia employees who fall foul of the Microsoft deal and are looking to hire as many as possible according to Engadget. The Skype CEO Tony Bates said in an interview with Reuters that his company are coincidently looking to recruit staff in that region and that Nokia will be letting very talented engineers go. “Our primary engineering focus just so happens to be somewhere between Finland, Estonia and Stockholm, so you can imagine that’s a great opportunity and we’re hiring.”

This proposal from Skype may be the clincher for a number of Nokia workers as we reported to you last week that over 1000 employees in their Finland HQ walked out over fears of job loss. Windows Phone 7 will become the new operating system on Nokia’s future smartphones and Symbian will no longer be needed, as will the people who work on it. Goolge were also very keen on doing a deal with Nokia but were edged out by Microsoft; however CEO Eric Schmidt says that their offer still stands.

The Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has admitted that jobs will be cut after announcing the deal with Microsoft and it is not out of the question that his company will still form a partnership with Google on tablets. Skype has said it is looking to hire around 350 new employees and with over 1000 Nokia employees set to get the axe, it could spark a huge recruitment war. Get your C.Vs ready everyone!