- Microsoft employees are bracing for an additional round of layoffs as soon as this week.
- The company could cut recruiting staff by as much as one-third, one person familiar said.
- Microsoft did a round of layoffs in October, cutting about 1,000 employees.
Microsoft employees are bracing for an additional round of layoffs as soon as this week as the company extends hiring freezes across many teams.
The company could cut recruiting staff by as much as one-third, according to one person familiar with the plans. Microsoft declined to comment.
Many teams across Microsoft have frozen hiring, and the person said it’s expected it could be a year or two before the company is back to hiring at a rate comparable to before the freezes started.
Meanwhile, some teams are requiring executive-level approval for any exceptions to hiring freezes, and the team in charge of deciding how much compensation to offer candidates is cutting those offers by as much as 30%, the person said. They asked not to be identified discussing sensitive matters.
In October, Microsoft laid off about 1,000 employees from teams including the Xbox console gaming division, the cutting-edge Microsoft Strategic Missions and Technology organization, and other units, Insider reported.
Before that, in July, Microsoft said it planned to lay off less than 1% of its 180,000-person workforce. Then, in August, Microsoft ended contracts early for hundreds of contracted recruiters and other talent-acquisition staff.
Several other tech companies have conducted an additional round of job cuts, following on from layoffs last year. Amazon was reportedly planning 10,000 layoffs, and ended up doing 18,000 this year.
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