Since the acquisition of Nokia by Microsoft in April, Microsoft has slowly cut jobs across the board. Unfortunately, it looks like Microsoft may be cutting jobs again - this time in two manufacturing plants in China.
Although Microsoft has not officially announced anything about the aforementioned job cuts, according to MarketWatch, Microsoft is planning to eliminate 9,000 jobs. The cuts will come by closing two manufacturing plants located in Beijing and Dongguan, China. According to unnamed Microsoft China executive, the closures will occur by the end of March and the manufacturing will be moved to Vietnam.
While discussing layoffs is always a sensitive matter, Microsoft initially projected that it would have to cut up to 18,000 jobs from its workforce. This came as no surprise after gaining nearly 25,000 employees from the Nokia deal. While the initial round of layoffs were widespread, the later terminations have come predominately from Nokia-related businesses. Naturally, we hope this is the final wave of layoffs.