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Microsoft cuts Skype jobs in London

Microsoft is consolidating its Skype staff in London to one office and merging some roles, which could result in more than 200 job cuts

More than 200 jobs are at risk as Microsoft consolidates its offices in London and reduces the number of engineers based in the city.

Remaining London-based employees will move to an office in Paddington and some engineering roles will be merged.

In 2011, the software giant acquired internet telephony services company Skype, which was founded in 2003, in a deal worth more than $8bn.

Microsoft said roles were reviewed during the office consolidation process, resulting in the possible loss of 220 roles as engineering roles are merged.

“Microsoft is consolidating offices across London, moving employees to Microsoft’s new office at Paddington,” said a Microsoft statement. 

“As part of this effort, Microsoft reviewed some London-based roles and made the decision to unify some engineering positions, potentially putting a number of globally focused Skype and Yammer roles at risk.”

“We are deeply committed to doing everything we can to help those affected through this process. Microsoft will be entering into a consultation process and [it will] offer opportunities where possible.”  

Skype is not the only business at Microsoft experiencing cuts. In May 2016, Microsoft confirmed plans to cut 1,850 jobs at its smartphone hardware business. Most of the cuts are expected to come at Nokia’s smartphone business in Finland, which Microsoft acquired in 2013 for $7.2bn.

At the time, Microsoft said up to 1,350 jobs will be lost at Microsoft Mobile Oy in Finland, plus 500 other jobs globally. ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...

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