Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Spain, United States and other locations
Information / Communication
Computer Programming, Consultancy And Related Activities
Computer Programming, Consultancy And Related Activities
62.0 - Computer programming, consultancy and related activities

3,000 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
3 July 2017
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


On Thursday 6th of July, Microsoft, the US software giant announced a reorganisation plan that will lead to the loss of 3,000 jobs worldwide, largely in sales. Around 75 percent of the job cuts are expected to affect staff outside the United States, although no specific locations have been announced for the job reductions at this stage. As of July 2017, the exact time frame for the job reductions have not been reported.

The company specified that the aim of the reorganisation is not to cut costs, but to change how Microsoft operates sales. Microsoft employs around 121,000 workers worldwide, 71,000 of which in the US. 


  • 6 July 2017: Expansión
  • 3 July 2017: Bloomberg (online)
  • 6 July 2017: CNBC


Eurofound (2017), Microsoft, Internal restructuring in World, factsheet number 91646, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/91646.