According to current reports, the US software giant Microsoft will reduce its workforce by five percent. The bottom line is that more than 10,000 employees of the Redmond company would be affected by the layoffs.
Already in October of last year there were layoffs at Microsoft, in the context of which around 1,000 jobs were cut – including in the Xbox division.
However, as current reports indicate, this was only the first step towards a noticeable reduction in the workforce. So reports Sky News, citing sources familiar with the situation, that Microsoft wants to reduce its workforce of around 220,000 employees by five percent. If the information provided by Sky News is correct, the equivalent of around 11,000 employees would lose their jobs.
A number that was mentioned by other magazines such as The Verge. Bloomberg also reports on the layoffs and states that these primarily affect Microsoft’s engineering departments.
Official confirmation this Wednesday?
Bloomberg also stated that the layoffs are to be announced later today. Other sources only claim that the confirmation of the reduction in the workforce will take place in the coming days and at the latest by the announcement of the current business figures on January 24, 2023.
The layoffs would hit employees shortly after the announcement that Microsoft was phasing out fixed paid vacation days in favor of unlimited vacation days. Although this system may initially sound more employee-friendly, critics accused the Redmond-based company of simply trying to avoid paying for unused vacation days.
In view of the current reports about the next wave of layoffs, the critics see their view confirmed and speak of a simple measure to reduce costs, which is actually difficult to convey in times when the $ 69 billion takeover of Activision Blizzard is planned be.
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An official statement from Microsoft or a confirmation of the new wave of layoffs is still pending. Should the information from Bloomberg come true, a corresponding message should follow in the next few hours.
Those: Sky News
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