Microsoft today announced another round of layoffs in which they are reducing 3,000 jobs from its employee base around the world.
Back in July, Microsoft announced their largest ever restructuring plan to simplify its organization and align the acquired Nokia Devices and Services business with the company’s overall strategy. As a result of it, Microsoft is announced their plans to eliminate up to 18,000 positions over the next year. Of the total, about 12,500 were from professional and factory positions from the Nokia Devices and Services business acquired by Microsoft. At that time, Microsoft expected these plans to be substantially complete by Dec. 31, 2014, and fully completed by June 30, 2015. Microsoft cut 13,000 employees total in the first wave back in July.
Last month, Microsoft announced the second round of layoffs and they are cutting 2,100 jobs across various divisions inside Microsoft. Of that total, 747 are in the Seattle region. So, there are still 2,900 jobs that Microsoft will cut from now to June 2015.
From today’s layoffs, about 638 of the job cuts are in the Seattle region.
“We’ve taken another step that will complete almost all the 18,000 reductions announced in July. The reductions happening today are spread across many different business units, and many different countries,” a Microsoft spokesman said in a statement released by the company.
GeekWire reported that affected positions in this latest reduction are in support roles, including finance, human resources, sales and marketing.