Microsoft is offering its employees a pandemic bonus of $ 1,500. In an internal note seen by The edge, the software giant says the unique bonus “is in recognition of the unique and difficult exercise that Microsoft has just completed.”
Microsoft’s director of human resources, Kathleen Hogan, announced the giveaway to employees today, and it will apply to all eligible employees in the United States and abroad. Microsoft is offering this bonus to all staff below the corporate vice president level who started on or before March 31, 2021, including part-time and hourly workers.
Microsoft has 175,508 employees worldwide, but employees at LinkedIn, GitHub, and ZeniMax are not eligible for the bonus, although Microsoft owns these three separate companies. As a result, we understand that this is a giveaway of around $ 200 million, which is less than two days of profit for Microsoft.
It follows giveaways from similar employees at large companies over the past year, including Facebook giving its 45,000 employees $ 1,000 each, Amazon’s vacation bonus of $ 300. for frontline workers, and BT offers its 60,000 employees £ 1,500 each (approximately $ 2,000). Vox Media, owner of The edge, also offered employees a bonus of $ 1,000 at the end of last year.
Microsoft says it has also donated “over $ 98 million in aid to nonprofits in Washington state” since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, with plans to commit an additional $ 60 million by July. Since the start of the pandemic, Microsoft has generated at least $ 160 billion in revenue, thanks to a mix of businesses flocking to cloud services, increased laptop sales and Windows usage, and a strong growth of Xbox.