The hiring free fall at Microsoft ($NASDAQ:MSFT) doesn't look to be quite over yet, as the number of openings at the Redmond tech giant has now dropped by more than 60% since March. That's the single largest job-listing decline for the company in at least three years, or since we began tracking hiring activity at the company. Just last month, reported an early 46% drop in hiring activity. But since then, the cutbacks have continued.

Microsoft has cut hiring by more than 60% since March

The hiring free fall at Microsoft ( $NASDAQ:MSFT ) doesn't look to be quite over yet, as the number of openings at the Redmond tech giant has now dropped by more than 60% since March. By March 22, 2020 — just two months ago — Microsoft listed 5,580 jobs on its career recruiting websites. The massive hiring slowdown comes as other tech companies like Facebook and Twitter have announced plans to allow extant workers to work remotely indefinitely. Hiring slowdowns at Microsoft appear to be across the board, both in terms of job types and locations. Just this week, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp announced that Microsoft would be opening a new 1,500-employee office in Atlanta. So far, however, Microsoft hasn't spun up hiring in the area: the company lists just 15 openings there, down from 95 at the end of March. Given uncertainly with the Coronavirus pandemic's timeline along with other tech companies moving to hire remotely, it is likely that Microsoft will get on board, at least with highly-skilled engineering jobs that can become immediate contributors. Hiring at Microsoft's most-common locations is down across the board, with openings in India seeing perhaps the largest drop in order of magnitude. Thinknum tracks companies using the information they post online - jobs, social and web traffic, product sales, and app ratings - and creates data sets that measure factors like hiring, revenue, and foot traffic. Data sets may not be fully comprehensive (they only account for what is available on the web), but they can be used to gauge performance factors like staffing and sales.

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