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More staff shown the door at Microsoft, though Irish workers should be safe

Latest layoffs the next round of company’s 18,000 job cuts.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella earlier this year.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella earlier this year.
Image: Eric Risberg/AP/Press Association Images

MICROSOFT HAS ROLLED out another round of job cuts as it continues moves to slash thousands from its global workforce.

Today’s layoffs came as part of the software company’s initial announcement in July that it would cut 18,000 staff – or 14% of its workforce – mostly from the Nokia division Microsoft picked up when it bought out the mobile phone company in 2013 for €5.4 billion.

It was recently reported that Microsoft planned to ditch the Nokia brand name from all its devices and instead give the Lumia moniker to its flagship mobiles.

About 13,000 staff were cut in the first phase, while further positions went in some of the tech company’s US operations today - despite previous claims the sites would not be affected.

Germany Gadget Show Microsoft Nokia A Microsoft Nokia presentation in Berlin earlier this month. Source: Markus Schreiber/AP/Press Association Images

Irish staff should be safe understands the job cuts won’t affect staff in its Irish offices, where Microsoft employs about 2,000 staff and recently announced plans to expand its European headquarters.

The company’s global workforce had swelled from 99,000 to about 127,000 after the Nokia buyout.

Microsoft previously said it expected to pay up to €1.2 billion in charges for the layoffs over the financial year, including about €600 million in severance pay and other beneiftts.

Earlier this week the company announced a 11% lift in the dividend being paid out on its shares.

Microsoft Ireland declined to comment.

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