By 2022, Microsoft had 221,000 full-time employees. On January 18, Microsoft announced the layoff of 10,000 employees throughout Q1, thus reducing the workforce to 211,000 full-time employees.Microsoft layoffs explained
In a blog post, entitled “Subject: Focusing on our short- and long-term opportunity,” CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, explained:
We’re living through times of significant change, and as I meet with customers and partners, a few things are clear. First, 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. We’re also seeing organizations in every industry and geography exercise caution as some parts of the world are in a recession and other parts are anticipating one. At the same time, the next major wave of computing is being born with advances in AI, as we’re turning the world’s most advanced models into a new computing platform.
He further highlighted:
First, we will align our cost structure with our revenue and where we see customer demand. Today, we are making changes that will result in the reduction of our overall workforce by 10,000 jobs through the end of FY23 Q3. This represents less than 5 percent of our total employee base, with some notifications happening today. It’s important to note that while we are eliminating roles in some areas, we will continue to hire in key strategic areas. We know this is a challenging time for each person impacted. The senior leadership team and I are committed that as we go through this process, we will do so in the most thoughtful and transparent way possible.
Microsoft would continue to invest in strategic areas for the future, meaning, allocating both capital and talent to areas of secular growth and long-term competitiveness for the company while divesting in other areas.
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