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Microsoft Issues Whip to Contract Workers: Take a week off without pay

A contract role is one where you work onsite at Microsoft and are managed by a Microsoft employee. Now Microsoft has told more than 1,000 contract workers (working with Microsoft either as independent vendors or through employment agencies) doing software development and testing to take seven business days off without pay to lower costs during this quarter.

Microsoft employs more than 63,000 workers worldwide, but it would not comment on the number of contract workers it uses. Earlier this month, Microsoft asked half of the technology vendors it uses for software development to defer seven business days worth of work including this week.

Two years ago, Microsoft withdrew the FlexPasses facility from contract workers. Source: Reuters

How to find job as a Contract Worker in Microsoft - This interesting story carries firsthand accounts of how it feels to have a contract job at Microsoft and how they are treated vis-a-vis Microsoft employees.