Microsoft lays off at least 699, cuts come to SCIM, GitHub

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According to a recent filing with the Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD), Microsoft announced an additional 559 job cuts on Monday. The job cuts were made in Redmond and Bellevue, Washington, as part of the tech giant’s global plan to lay off 10,000 employees, first announced on January 18. Please note that the ESD filings only reflect job cuts made in Washington state.

The most recent iteration of restructuring has affected the SCIM units of Microsoft, which comprises the Security, Compliance, Identity, and Management department, overseen by Charlie Bell – a former executive of Amazon Web Services, as reported by GeekWire.

According to reliable sources, Business Today has learned that GitHub, an internet hosting service provider under the ownership of Microsoft, has recently laid off approximately 142 engineering positions associated with its operations in India. “A total of 142 engineers were let go at GitHub India yesterday (Monday). Laid-off employees have been given two months’ pay as severance,” a source told the outlet.

In a recent email to employees, GitHub CEO Thomas Dohmke explained the rationale behind some tough decisions the company has made, including staff reductions and new budgetary measures aimed at safeguarding short-term business health and fueling long-term growth. Dohmke also highlighted the importance of accelerating the company’s integration of AI technology, citing GitHub Copilot as a prime example of success in this area.

Several individuals who identify themselves as employees of GitHub have verified the occurrence of layoffs through the social media outlet Twitter, although these appear to be separate from the India layoffs.

“I was laid off from GitHub today. Please let me know about product manager and open/inner source roles or leave me a recommendation on LinkedIn,” said one user.

“Well, the layoffs in the tech industry finally got to me. This morning, I lost my position as manager of the policy desk for GitHub. If anybody is looking for an editor or a writer, hit me up,” said another user.
Microsoft’s restructuring plan, unveiled earlier this year, included 10,000 job cuts spanning various levels, functions, teams, and regions. This marks the third round of layoffs under the plan. In joining the ranks of firms such as Amazon and Meta, who were already undertaking mass job cuts, the move was seen as necessary to address slumping sales and the threat of a global recession. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stated in January that the changes would result in a 10,000 job reduction by the end of FY23 Q3. The workforce reduction amounted to around 5 percent of the company’s workforce, which previously stood at over 220,000 employees.