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Microsoft Temps Adjust to Reality of Deteriorating Paycheck

computingdivisionjpgTemping has never been the most rewarding of vocations–especially at Microsoft. Soon it will be even less so. In an effort to adjust to the “realities of a deteriorating economy,” the company is slashing contractor pay rates. Microsoft (MSFT) is reducing by 10 percent the amount it pays on current temporary labor assignments and by 15 percent the amount it will pay on assignments made after March 2. “We held discussions with some of the impacted agencies and settled on the 10% reduction based on the economic climate and the need to achieve greater cost reductions,” a Microsoft spokesman said in a statement.

The move comes a month after the announcement of the first major layoffs in the company’s 30-year history and a few days after Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s “you don’t ‘beat’ the economy, you ‘manage’ it” pronouncement. Manage it, indeed.

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December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work