(The Hosting News) – After announcing plans to kick off its biggest round of job cuts, Microsoft is now imposing stricter rules on its contract workers.
The new restrictions were outlined in a memo sent to vendors on Friday, stating that external staff is limited to 18 months of access to the company’s networks, in which a 6 month break between jobs will be required, reports GeekWire.
“The policy change affects US-based external staff (including Agency Temporaries, Vendors and Business Guests) and limits their access to Microsoft buildings and the Microsoft corporate network to a period of 18 months, with a required six-month break before access may be granted again,” states the email. “If your staff does not have Microsoft building or network access, this policy change will not apply to or impact them. The policy went into effect July 1st, 2014…”
According to the memo, the goal of the new policy is to “better protect our Microsoft IP and confidential information.”
“It’s not clear that all of the access to the corporate network that’s currently been granted is absolutely necessary for people to do their work,” said Microsoft spokesman Mark Murray. “It’s more been granted out of habit or out of default.”
“The company does want to carefully consider the volume of our use of external staff. But this particular policy is focused on protecting our confidential information and intellectual property.”
This news follows Microsoft’s announcement last week that the company intends to cut 14% of its workforce, 18,000 employees, by June 30, 2015, with 12,500 jobs associated with the Nokia Devices and Service team that Microsoft acquired in April.