Microsoft to cut 800 more jobs worldwide

Microsoft has announced it is cutting a further 800 jobs worldwide, including some in the UK, on top of 5,000 redundancies already made earlier this year.

About 200 jobs would go from the company’s headquarters in Washington, with the rest of the cuts spread across its global operations.

Microsoft originally had planned to cut 5,000 jobs – about 5% of its 96,000-strong workforce – before June 2010. The restructuring plan was now complete, well ahead of schedule, the firm said in a statement.

Although it did not say which areas of the business would be affected by the latest cuts, the company confirmed that 2% of its 2,700 jobs in the UK would be lost as a result of the decision, the Guardian reported.

The statement said: “We are eliminating around 800 positions spread across multiple businesses and locations and have completed our reduction plan sooner than we had anticipated 11 months ago.

“At the same time, we continue to hire in priority areas, but also understand that continuing to manage our businesses closely, as we always do, can mean additional headcount adjustments.”

As of 23 October 2009, Microsoft had 91,005 employees worldwide.

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