Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Europe, China
Information / Communication
Information Communication Services
61.90 - Other telecommunications activities

1,000 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
4 February 2015
Employment effect (start)
1 March 2015
Foreseen end date
28 February 2016


Japanese electronics and entertainment group Sony has announced plans to reduce its workforce by around 1,000 by March 2016 as part of its new restructuring plans. The job cuts will focus on its workforce in Europe and China, and would be in addition to the 1,000 job cuts in the company’s global mobile division already announced in October 2014 .

The recently announced job cuts are concentrated in the company’s smartphone division. The aim is to reduce the losses experienced by the smartphone and mobile segment of the company allowing Sony to meet its growth targets for the next financial year. The planned job cuts would result in a reduction down to 5,000 in Sony’s mobile division workforce by the end of the fiscal year ending March 2016.


  • 27 January 2015: Reuters.com
  • 28 January 2015: Bloomberg (online)
  • 4 February 2015: Sony Corporation (company press release)


Eurofound (2015), Sony, Internal restructuring in World, factsheet number 78326, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/78326.