Microsoft lays 559 employees, Seattle-area job cuts top 2,700


Microsoft has laid off 559 employees from its Bellevue and Redmond in Washington state in the US, taking the company’s total job cuts in the region to over 2,700. As the Seattle Times reports, the layoffs announced by the Washington state Department of Employment Security affected Microsoft’s security operations.

The company announced an earlier round of layoffs in February that also let go of 617 employees in Redmond, Bellevue and Issaquah. Reports say hundreds of employees face cuts in security roles under Charlie Bell, the former Amazon Web Services executive who will join Microsoft in 2021.

A Microsoft spokesperson said the latest layoffs are “part of an effort to align our cost structure with our revenue as announced in January”. To date, tech firms based in or operating in Washington have announced more than 32,000 job cuts.

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced a third round of layoffs that affected employees in roles related to supply chain, artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT).

According to CRN, the third wave of layoffs is part of the 10,000 job cuts announced by Microsoft earlier this year. Quoting the company, the report said the job cuts were across different levels, functions, teams and geographies.

Microsoft Chairman and CEO Satya Nadella announced in January that the company would “make changes that result in a reduction of 10,000 jobs across our total workforce by the end of the third quarter (Q3) of fiscal 2023.” The company had more than 220,000 employees and the layoffs affected about 5 percent of its workforce.

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