Earlier in the summer, Microsoft announced it would shed 2,850 jobs. The cuts were revealed to be coming during the company’s fiscal 2017, which is currently ongoing. With its latest staff movement, Microsoft has let go of employees in its Redmond headquarters and London. Other jobs will also be cut in other locations.
In London, the cuts will be made to Microsoft’s Skype presence in the city. More specifically, the Financial Times reports that the company will shut down its London Skype office entirely. This will result in 220 jobs being removed from Microsoft’s payroll.
As well as the London cuts, the company has also spent the last week removing 300 positions around the world. These cuts have been more focused on Puget Sound and Redmond in Washington.
The company has been on a job cutting exercise this year. Back in May, Microsoft let go of 1,850 people. After that the company announced the 2,850 cuts in July, with most of the employees already informed they would be leaving Microsoft. 900 of those removed were from the company’s sales organization.
As Microsoft continues its full transition into a cloud first company significant job cuts have been made. The company said in July 2015 that 7,400 employees would be let go during fiscal 2016.
On top of this, Microsoft announced earlier in the year that it will stop making mobile hardware. While the company will still support the Windows 10 Mobile, staff needed to be cut. At the time, the company said the cutback would result in up to 1,850 job losses around the world. Microsoft said Finland would be the most impacted, with 1,350 job losses.
Those job cuts were announced in July. Employees cut from the Finnish smartphone division were offered a job at Microsoft HQ in Redmond and various other Microsoft locations as part of negotiations.