Motorola yesterday announced it would cut 7,000 staff from its mobile handset division.

This second cutback brings the mobile phone manufacturer's total job losses to 12,000 since December.

Although Motorola refused to comment on where the redundancies would fall, it is likely some cuts will be made at the Swindon branch and in Scotland.

"Where the cuts will be made has not yet been confirmed," said a spokesperson at Motorola. "The precise impact of this on the UK is yet to be seen."

Makers of mobile phones have been having a tough time of it lately amid growing concern over the state of the market.

"Sales are falling drastically and it is up to the companies to apply the flexibility needed to survive," said a spokesperson at Siemens.

Swedish mobile phone company Ericsson yesterday announced expected first quarter losses of up to £350m.