Microsoft India bears slight impact of layoffs

Microsoft India is manned by approximately 6,000 employees.

Around 3,000 Microsoft employees are being laid off as announced on Thursday in view of the company's bound and determined move to rely on cloud services. Company headquarter outside the US, particularly in India, is expected to get away with the large-scale headcount reduction.

Microsoft's layoff announcement is set to cross borders outside of the Redmond, Washington headquarters, hitting the workforce in satellite offices as well. In India, where nine Microsoft centres are operating, the subsidiary gets hit by the job cut. It's research and development and IT centre in Hyderabad is touted to experience a marginal impact of the job cut, cutting across departments such as sales and marketing in Gurgaon, technical support in Bangalore, and business centres in Ahmedabad, Chennai, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, and Pune.

Earlier this week, Microsoft issued a statement confirming the said downsizing plans. It said: "We are taking steps to notify some employees that their jobs are under consideration or that their positions will be eliminated."

The packaged software-turned-cloud services firm is reportedly removing around 3,000 to 4,000 job positions on a global scale. These figures, however, are not all candidate for layoffs as a chunk of it will be reassigned to other posts, mostly in cloud services.

"Like all companies, we evaluate our business on a regular basis. This can result in increased investment in some places and, from time-to-time, re-deployment in others," says Microsoft.

Microsoft India is manned by approximately 6,000 employees, "but there are no indications whether there will be any large-scale job losses," reports The Indian Express. While Microsoft is trimming down the sales force in the US, the publication claimed, according to its sources, that the job cut will also affect the engineering and support services.

Last year, Microsoft India cut down its manpower, weeding out some redundant and irrelevant positions. When chief executive Satya Nadella rose to the seat in 2014, he was clear and outspoken of his vision to streamline Microsoft and modestly shift to a new branding; thus, layoffs ensued which is expected to continue until the company sits well with its standing in the competition.

This article was first published on July 8, 2017
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