Why Microsoft’s Layoff Is Much More Sweeping Than The 18,000 Cuts 7/20/2014
“On Thursday Microsoft announced it was cutting 18,000 jobs or about 14% of its full-time workforce. It’s the largest layoff in the company’s history, and 12,500 of these jobs are related to Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s mobile phone business. What wasn’t announced publicly was that Microsoft has also informed thousands of its contract workers that they, too, will be affected by the big job cuts.
…With the new policy, these contractors, including vendors (“v-dash” workers, as Microsoft calls them for their badge numbers) and temporary “a-dash” workers can only work in stints of 18 months. After that they will be prevented from accessing Microsoft’s buildings and network for a period of six months.
According to the memo sent out on Friday: “An Agency Temporary Worker who was engaged prior to July 1, 2014, may continue to perform services for the duration of their original 365 days, plus an additional six months to bring them in-line with the new 18-month access policy. They will have network and building access removed for a period of at least 6 months.”
…In 2009, the Seattle Times reported that Microsoft’s external staff numbered about 80,000.”
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by Seth Rosenblatt /July 17, 2014 12:47 PM PDT