Microsoft broke its own hiring record, adding 40,000 employees over the year

Kareem Anderson

Over the past year, Microsoft added 40,000 additional people to its roster which represents a 22% year over year increase and a total of 221,000 employees for the company as of June 30, 2022.

According to the company’s Form 10K SEC filing, Microsoft’s Seattle base consists of 122,000 while another 99,000 worldwide. Microsoft breaks down the sectors in which it employees’ people in the following statement:

As of June 30, 2022, we employed approximately 221,000 people on a full-time basis, 122,000 in the U.S. and 99,000 internationally. Of the total employed people, 85,000 were in operations, including manufacturing, distribution, product support, and consulting services; 73,000 were in product research and development; 47,000 were in sales and marketing; and 16,000 were in general and administration. Certain employees are subject to collective bargaining agreements.

Two things should be noted about Microsoft topping its annual employee record this June, one, up to 8,000 employees are being tallied as acquisitional hirings from completed deals with Nuance and Xander where they provided around 6,500 and 1,500 employees respectfully.

The other thing to note about Microsoft’s record hiring run is that the filing accounts for the month before the company typically announces its summer downsizing infinitives.

Earlier in July, Microsoft announced cuts to some positions within the company that amounted to 2,000 fewer employees in addition to enacting a temporary hiring freeze for many open positions.

As the world braces for a predicted recession, Microsoft’s CFO Amy Hood assured investors that the company will be measuring its employment status over the course of the new fiscal year, as it looks to focus on “key growth areas.”

As Geekwire notes, Microsoft’s current breakdown is disproportionally focused on operations rather than research and development.