Microsoft is reducing employment in its Office, Windows, and Teams departments, becoming the latest big giant to do so as recession worries grow.
Executive Vice President Rajesh Jha issued an email to employees on Thursday stating that all recruits in the three divisions must be authorized by him and his leadership team, according to a Microsoft representative, who added that the restriction did not apply to the whole business.
"As Microsoft prepares for the next fiscal year," a Microsoft representative told Insider, "it is ensuring that the proper resources are matched to the right opportunity."
"Microsoft will continue to raise staff in the coming year, and it will place a greater emphasis on where those resources go," the official continued.
Microsoft joins a growing number of organizations in technology and other areas in advising recruiting managers to be more selective.
Facebook is putting a hiring freeze in place for the remainder of the year. According to a leaked memo obtained by Insider, Amazon is reducing hiring objectives, while Uber has implemented a broad hiring freeze.
Microsoft looks to be concentrating on employee retention, as the business said on May 16 that it intends to raise employee remuneration through wage hikes and greater stock grants.
Some Microsoft employees are doubtful that the raise would help the business retain talent because it does not compare to the pay provided by Microsoft's competitor Amazon, which doubled its top base salary to $350,000 in February.
When Insider approached Microsoft for comment, the company did not answer quickly.