Microsoft Lays Off 276 Employees in Latest Round of Job Cuts

Microsoft Lays Off 276 Employees in Latest Round of Job Cuts

News by Nikola Djuric
Published: July 11, 2023

Microsoft Corp. carried out a new round of layoffs over the weekend in its customer service, support, and sales teams, going beyond the 10,000 jobs it confirmed it would cut at the start of this year.

The information shown by the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) revealed that Microsoft permanently reduced the number of its workforce in the cities of Redmond and Bellevue in Washington by 276.

This comprises 210 office personnel and 66 remote jobs.

“Organizational and workforce adjustments are a necessary and regular part of managing our business. We will continue to prioritize and invest in strategic growth areas for our future and in support of our customers and partners,” a Microsoft spokesperson told GeekWire, confirming the decision.

The development comes about a week after Microsoft’s fiscal year 2023 officially ended, signaling a new restructuring might be on the way.

In January 2023, Microsoft announced it would cut as many as 10,000 jobs amid global economic weakening.

“As we saw customers accelerate their digital spend during the pandemic, we’re now seeing them optimize their digital spend to do more with less,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella explained at the time.

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However, the U.S. tech giant wasn’t the only company to slash its workforce despite record revenues.

More than 170 companies have conducted 55,970 layoffs in total throughout 2023, with Big Tech like Google laying off 12,000 employees.

In addition, Amazon, Salesforce, Dell, IBM, SAP, PayPal, Wayfair, and Yahoo, among many others, each reported major workforce reductions in the last six months.

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