Last year they let go of 18,000 people and this year it looks like another 7800 will be gone. Microsoft says they're working to consolidate their efforts on software and their cloud computing solutions.
The story is pretty much the same anywhere else in the developed world: people are being replaced by technology.
Every now and then I wish I could do something completely unrelated to technology to just "unplug". While I haven't actually done it yet, I've considered waiting tables on the weekends just for kicks before.
Even as demand for technical talent has grown, the time required to interview and hire a new candidate has increased with time spans of over a month being average for software engineers.
Any ideas as to why it's taking longer to hire in-demand talent even when it's at your door?
In the past few years employers have been really pushing to move more jobs into freelance or contract positions. The benefit for them is obvious: a more flexible workforce means they can add and lose resources quickly when the market changes.
For employees, the new reality that freelancing is becoming the norm is more textured. On one hand, this "no-loyalty" mindset means that you don't have to sell yourself to one employer, but that also means that you're not likely to have much consistency in your career.
It's helpful to be aware of this trend whether you like it or not because as globalization and worker competition increase, it's not likely that companies will be moving more of their workforce into the full-time realm anytime soon.
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