Microsoft plans to cut thousands of jobs with some roles expected to be eliminated in human resources and engineering divisions, according to media reports on Tuesday (Jan 17).
The expected layoffs would be the latest in the US technology sector, where companies including Amazon.com and Meta Platforms have announced retrenchment exercises in response to slowing demand and a worsening global economic outlook.
Microsoft's move could indicate that the tech sector may continue to shed jobs.
"From a big picture perspective, another pending round of layoffs at Microsoft suggests the environment is not improving, and likely continues to worsen," Morningstar analyst Dan Romanoff said.
UK broadcaster Sky News reported, citing sources, that Microsoft plans to cut about 5 per cent of its workforce, or about 11,000 roles.
The company plans to cut jobs in a number of engineering divisions on Wednesday, Bloomberg News reported, according to a person familiar with the matter, while Insider reported that Microsoft could cut recruiting staff by as much as one-third.
The cuts will be significantly larger than other rounds in the past year, the Bloomberg report said.
In response to CNA's queries, Microsoft said it "does not comment on rumours or speculation".
The company had 221,000 full-time employees, including 122,000 in the United States and 99,000 internationally, as of Jun 30, according to filings.
Microsoft is under pressure to maintain growth rates at its cloud unit Azure, after several quarters of downturn in the personal computer market hurt Windows and devices sales.
It had said in July last year that a small number of roles had been eliminated. In October, news site Axios reported that Microsoft had laid off under 1,000 employees across several divisions.
Shares of Microsoft, which is set to report quarterly results on Jan 24, were marginally higher in late afternoon trading.