BlackBerry lays off more staff worldwide in devices side of the business

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BlackBerry has laid off more staff in the devices side of its business. The company said Friday the layoffs occurred because it is consolidating its device software, hardware and business applications business.

The consolidation is “impacting a number of employees around the world,” BlackBerry said in a statement.

It did not specify the number of people affected or the locations where layoffs have taken place

The company said it is reallocating resources to capitalize on growth opportunities and achieve sustainable profits across all facets of its business.

“We know that our employees have worked hard on behalf of our company and we are grateful for their commitment and contributions,” it said in the statement.

In 2011, BlackBerry employed about 11,000 people in Waterloo Region, mostly in Waterloo. At last count, it was down to about 2,700 employees in Waterloo, and 7,000 worldwide.

At the same time as the company is making cuts to the smartphone side of the business, it is hiring in sales and marketing and in areas it identified as growth opportunities.

The company’s website lists 90 job openings, including 69 in North America and 31 in Waterloo.

“We continue to grow customer-facing teams around the world, and we continue to invest in bringing in new talent to support areas of strategic focus around software, enterprise, security and the Internet of Things, for example,” BlackBerry said in the statement.

“These investments will put us on the path to growth.”

BlackBerry’s full statement:

As we continue executing our plan for BlackBerry’s turnaround, we remain focused on driving efficiencies across our global workforce. As the Company moves into its next stage of the turnaround, our intention is to reallocate resources in ways that will best enable us to capitalize on growth opportunities while driving toward sustainable profitability across all facets of our business.

As a result, we have made the decision to consolidate our device software, hardware and applications business, impacting a number of employees around the world. We know that our employees have worked hard on behalf of our company and we are grateful for their commitment and contributions.

One of our priorities is making our device business profitable. At the same time, we must grow software and licensing revenues. You will see in the coming months a significant ramping up in our customer-facing activities in sales and marketing. We will also continue to make strategic partnerships and hires to focus on driving sales and delivering new offerings across high growth areas of our business. We continue to grow customer-facing teams around the world, and we continue to invest in bringing in new talent to support areas of strategic focus around software, enterprise, security and Internet of Things, for example. These investments will put us on the path to growth.

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