Microsoft relieved an additional 3,000 employees on Wednesday, according to GeekWire, ending the company’s scheduled cuts for the year.
The Redmond-based company announced in July its plans to eliminate 18,000 total members of its workforce, many of which were redundant roles following its acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services division. At that time, CEO Satya Nadella announced 13,000 immediate lay-offs and said that they would continue throughout the following six months. Then, in September, the company laid of an additional 2,100 employees.
12,500 employees affected by the layoffs were members of Nokia’s division that had been acquired, and Nadella explained that the layoffs were merely part of a restructuring.
“It’s important to note that while we are eliminating roles in some areas, we are adding roles in certain other strategic areas,” Nadella said in July, noting that Microsoft was working with affected employees to help them find new careers.
GeekWire said about 638 of the job cuts were at Microsoft’s Redmond headquarters. “We’ve taken another step that will complete almost all the 18,000 reductions announced in July,” Microsoft told the news outlet. “The reductions happening today are spread across many different business units, and many different countries.” Microsoft declined to name specific segments or countries.