Microsoft broke its own hiring record, adding 40,000 employees during the year

Over the past year, Microsoft added an additional 40,000 people to its roster, representing a 22% year-over-year increase and a total of 221,000 employees for the company as of June 30, 2022.

According to the company’s SEC Form 10K filing, Microsoft’s Seattle base consists of 122,000 while another 99,000 worldwide. Microsoft breaks down the industries in which it employs its employees in the following statement:

As of June 30, 2022, we employed approximately 221,000 full-time people, 122,000 in the United States and 99,000 internationally. Of the total number of people employed, 85,000 were in operations, including manufacturing, distribution, product support and consulting services; 73,000 were in product research and development; 47,000 were in sales and marketing; and 16,000 were in general and administration. Some employees are subject to collective agreements.

Two things should be noted about Microsoft surpassing its annual employee record in June, one, up to 8,000 employees are counted as acquisition hires from deals with Nuance and Xander where they provided approximately 6,500 and 1,500 employees respectfully.


The other thing to note about Microsoft’s record-breaking hiring run is that the filing represents the month usually before the company announces its summer downsizing infinitives.

Earlier in July, Microsoft announced job cuts across the company, which amounted to 2,000 fewer employees, in addition to enacting a temporary hiring freeze for many vacant positions.

As the world braces for a looming recession, Microsoft Chief Financial Officer Amy Hood assured investors that the company will measure its employment status in the new fiscal year as it seeks to focus on “areas of key growth”.

Like Geekwire Notes, Microsoft’s current breakdown is disproportionately focused on operations rather than research and development.

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