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Microsoft quietly cut hundreds of jobs this week

 

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Microsoft made one other spherical of layoffs this previous week, GeekWire has discovered.

A firm consultant confirmed the job cuts in response to our inquiry this morning. The cuts are half of the last levels of the 18,000 layoffs announced by Microsoft last year as half of a broader restructuring initiative.

We’re listening to from different sources that hundreds of jobs had been cut in this newest spherical, with Microsoft’s IT division getting hit the toughest. Some however not all of the cuts had been on the firm’s Redmond headquarters.

Microsoft said in late October that it had accomplished “virtually all” of the 18,000 cuts deliberate by means of the restructuring, however the firm has given itself till the tip of its fiscal yr, June 30, to finish the method.

The general discount of 18,000 positions represents about 14 p.c of the 127,000 individuals employed by the corporate as of final June. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella mentioned on the time of the unique announcement that the purpose was to have “fewer layers of administration, each prime down and sideways, to speed up the circulate of data and resolution making.”

A disproportionate quantity of the general cuts, about 12,500, had been within the Nokia smartphone workforce. Affected workers obtain severance packages and help from the corporate.

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