Microsoft to lay off another 276 employees in fresh wave of job cuts

Microsoft set to lay off 276 employees after its recent 10,000 job cuts
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Microsoft, an American multinational technology corporation, has confirmed another round of layoffs which is expected to affect close to three hundred workers in its Redmond headquarters, United States.

This new round of layoff was disclosed in a report by Washington State Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) entry. The report stated that 276 workers primarily from its customer service, support, and sales teams are set to leave their Redmond- and Bellevue-based jobs.

This development comes just weeks after the tech giant ended its previous fiscal year. As such, it is believed this round of layoff is a restructuring move in continuation of the previous layoffs. Also, the job cuts are coming amidst increasing competition for Microsoft from other prominent tech giants like Amazon and Google.

This new lay off would affect about 210 office-based workers and 66 remote workers according to the company, which makes 276 employees in total.

As seen in a report, the company’s spokesman established in a statement that organizational and workforce adjustments are prominent as a regular part of business management, and priorities would therefore be given to important areas. That is, there would be a lot of strategic investments in place for the growth of the organization.

The company is yet to disclose any reason for the latest round of layoff. As the news is likely to worry a lot of people, it’s possible that these layoffs are just a roundup and continuation of earlier layoffs due to lease terminations and project renewals.

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Is Microsoft in trouble?

Recall that the tech company laid off 10,000 employees a few months ago. This was after CEO, Satya Nadella, made it clear that the company has had to make difficult decisions throughout its 47-year history, including layoffs, and that it would be unforgiving of anyone who did not adapt to platform shift.

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The company’s employees reportedly criticized Satya Nadella after he declared a “landmark year” in which the company earned record sales but refused to increase its workers pay.

Following a time of over hiring during the pandemic and the worldwide economic slump, corporations have been looking to reduce their workforces. This has resulted in a number of tech workers being let go in and around Seattle, Washington, where Microsoft and Amazon are based.

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