(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Microsoft will be eliminating 2,100 workers today as part of its plan to layoff 18,000 employees by next year.
Microsoft spokesman Peter Wootton announced that 747 of the cuts will be from the Washington State region, with the remaining cuts from various Microsoft locations worldwide, reports BusinessWeek.
Wootton declined to specify from which departments the employees would be getting cut from, though the tech giant said in July that the cuts would affect employees in sales, marketing, engineering, and factory workers.
Microsoft cut its first wave of employees in July, eliminating around 13,000 jobs, mostly from its newly acquired Nokia division.
“The company expects to incur pre-tax charges of $1.1 billion to $1.6 billion over the next four quarters, including $750 million to $800 million for severance and related benefit costs, and $350 million to $800 million of asset-related charges,” says a press release from the tech giant.
This is Microsoft’s biggest job reduction ever, with the last major reduction of 5,800 coming from Steve Ballmer in 2009