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May 27, 2009

Hiring: Microsoft, Google hiring in India

NEW YORK: Global majors like Microsoft, Yahoo and Google may have decided to trim their workforce worldwide to cope with the economic turmoil, b
ut these entities do have openings in India.

Interestingly, the companies are cutting jobs in India too, even as they have hiring plans in the country. For instance, software giant Microsoft recently said it would create employment opportunities in tune with the growth of the Indian economy.

The announcement came from its Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer amid the firm proceeding with 5,000 job cuts worldwide, including 55 employees in India. The workforce reduction in the country would be completed in the next 18 months.

Few months ago, search engine giant Google unveiled plans of trimming as many as 200 jobs in sales and marketing operations worldwide. Nonetheless, the firm is hiring for about 20 positions in engineering operations, finance and software engineering, among others.

Internet entity Yahoo too would be slashing its employee strength as part of its efforts to bring down costs. At the same time, the company has over 100 vacancies in India, according to its website.

Steve Ballmer noted that Microsoft would continue to hire and create employment opportunities in line with the recovery and growth of the Indian economy.

"We had said that we would lay off about 5,000 people. We are still filling other jobs. We are mostly through that process globally and there is still some work to do.” He added, “There are areas where we are continuing to add people. As I said, these are global additions, so it is a little hard to separate our work globally from our work in India," he said.

Yahoo recently said in a statement it would be cutting as many as 700 jobs, representing nearly five per cent of its worldwide headcount, and h
as given pink slips to around 60 employees at its R&D centre in Bangalore, India.

Still it is hiring for over 100 positions in the country. This month alone the company posted an offering of 10 vacancies, according to information available with Yahoo's website.

According to its website, Google has over 20 job openings in different areas such as advertising sales and enterprise, engineering operations, finance, human resources and software engineering.

India, which is one of the largest locations for Google outside the US, has different positions at its offices in
Hyderabad, Bangalore and Gurgaon. Meanwhile, in a sign that financial crisis is hitting the search engine giant also, Google would be reducing its headcount by 200 employee
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