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• Thursday, July 17th, 2014


Microsoft, which employs 127,000 staff, announced today that they are set to cut up to 18,000 jobs over the next year.

The job cuts, which were initially predicted to be up to 6,000 members of staff, are expected to be a part of the new CEO’s plans to streamline the business and simplify the company’s structure.

Employees to be affected by the cuts will include 12,500 professional and factory workers within the company’s phone unit Nokia – which Microsoft bought earlier this year. Microsoft pledged shortly after the acquisition to make cost savings of $600m during the following 18 months as it focuses its business model on online services, apps and devices.

The redundancies are set to be the biggest the company has ever made – closely followed by the 5,000 jobs the company cut back in 2009.

The company plans to provide severance packages and will be helping employees through job transitions. All job losses will be finalised by next June and the employees that are going to be affected by the changes will be notified during the next six months.

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