Last month Microsoft announced it would layoff 18,000 employees in an effort to trim down after taking over Nokia’s device business. It turns out about 4,700 of those cut jobs are coming from Nokia’s factory and R&D center in Beijing, and according to a new report from The First Financial Daily (via MarketWatch) the company is taking an unorthodox approach as it moves forward with planned layoffs in China.
Microsoft hasn’t actually fired anyone in China yet. Instead, the company is encouraging employees to quit in exchange for a volunteer resignation package. As an added bonus the company is offering a free Lumia 630. The deal is apparently being extended to 300 employees per day, and the phones are available “first come, first serve” according to an internal email obtained by the Chinese paper.
When the layoffs are over the Beijing facility is expected to house just 300 workers, and the news hasn’t gone over well. Reports of protests at the Nokia factory and offices surfaced last week, suggesting that Microsoft may have more trouble than expected downsizing its staff. Maybe the company should consider offering a high-end phone like the Lumia 1520 instead of the mid-range Lumia 630.