Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Information / Communication
Computer Programming, Consultancy And Related Activities
Computer Programming, Consultancy And Related Activities
62 - Computer programming, consultancy and related activities

5,800 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
3,000 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
12 February 2009
Employment effect (start)
12 February 2009
Foreseen end date


In January 2009, Microsoft, the US-based world´s largest software company, announced that it is to cut 5,000 jobs worldwide out of approximately 90,000 due to the current economic slowdown. However, German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) quotes Microsoft management saying that the company has also plans to create 2,000 to 3,000 new jobs in new technology fields. No time line is given. Most of the new jobs will be created in the USA. According to FAZ, Microsoft as well as US-IT-company Intel stress the fact that planned investments in development and job creation measures will be implemented in the US.

Updated, 17-07-2014: As reported the final number of job cuts is 5,800.


  • 22 February 2009: The Guardian
  • 12 February 2009: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
  • 17 July 2014: Bloomberg


Eurofound (2009), Microsoft, Internal restructuring in World, factsheet number 68207, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/68207.