Number of employees at Nokia 2005-2019

In 2018, Nokia had 98,322 employees, situated in over 130 locations throughout the world, with around 40 thousand each in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. In comparison, Nokia’s net revenue was largest in North America at 6.95 billion euros, where about 13 percent of Nokia’s employees are located, and second to that was Europe with 6.62 billion euros. Twenty-two percent of Nokia’s workforce is comprised of women, similar to competitor Ericsson, which has 23 percent of its workforce made up of women employees.

Returning to Profitability

The Finnish company has transitioned from producing cellular devices to network equipment, a shift that is accompanied by ongoing cost-saving initiatives. One of Nokia’s cost-cutting strategies is layoffs, including 350 jobs in its home country of Finland, out of the 6000 employees based there. The company hopes to save 700 million euros in annual costs over 2019 and 2020. In total Nokia currently spends more than six billion euros annually on salaries and wages.

Smartphone manufacturer moves to 5G

Nokia has undergone several directional changes throughout the last few decades. Once a successful phone manufacturer in the early 2000s, the company struggled with increasingly overwhelming competition from Apple and Samsung. One reason for Nokia’s declining share within the mobile phone market was remaining committed to their own mobile operating system Symbian (OS) for too long before switching to Google’s Android OS. After an unsuccessful partnership with Microsoft in 2013 - Nokia sold its mobile and devices segment to Microsoft the following year - the company turned its focus to network infrastructure. In recent years, Nokia has invested a lot into the research and development of 5G cellular network technology.

Number of Nokia employees* from 2005 to 2019

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Release date

March 2020



Survey time period

2005 to 2019

Supplementary notes

* as of the end of each year
** The significant increase of employee numbers in 2007 is due to the foundation of Nokia Siemens Networks.
*** In 2013 Nokia sold its devices & services business to Microsoft for 5.44 billion euros. Therefore the comparability of figures from 2013 onward with figures from years prior to 2013 is limited.

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