Microsoft has restricted hiring for its Windows, Office, and Teams groups. According to a report from Bloomberg, the company currently wants to reassess its priorities as it gets closer to the end of its fiscal year on June 30.
“All new hires must be approved by Executive Vice President Rajesh Jha and his leadership team, Jha told employees in an email Thursday, a Microsoft spokesperson said. Those groups have expanded recently and the company wants to make sure it’s making the right hires in the right places, the spokesperson said.”
The announcement may come as a surprise at a time when more and more companies embrace Microsoft Teams and other cloud services to adapt to this new work era. As the PC market also grew again due to the pandemic, Microsoft also signaled that the PC was back: We saw the company ditch its Windows 10X plans last year and successfully launched Windows 11, which obtained an unprecedented level of customer satisfaction according to Chief Product Officer Panos Panay.
Anyway, it’s important to note that Microsoft’s decision to slow hiring for the aforementioned teams won’t affect other groups within Microsoft. As of June 30, 2021, Microsoft had 181,000 employees across the world, with 103,000 of them being based in the US. In comparison, Google had 156,500 employees at the end of 2021, and Apple had 154,000.
All of these big tech companies want to remain attractive employers at a time when market conditions are uncertain, and Microsoft is no expection. The so-called “great resignation” isn’t to be ignored, and the Redmond giant recently announced that it would adjust employee compensation and nearly double its annual budget for merit-based salary increases.