Mid-Pandemic, Microsoft Israel Wants to Hire 200 New Employees
by Meir Orbach and Hagar Ravet
March 15, 2020
As Israel yet again escalates its coronavirus (Covid-19) fighting measures and employers in various industry sectors prepare for extensive layoffs, Microsoft Israel is bucking the trend. The company announced Saturday its intention to hire an additional 200 employees for its research and development center in Israel. The positions the company is recruiting for include software engineers, product managers, and data analysts, among others. In December, Israeli entrepreneur Assaf Rappaport stepped down as Microsoft’s head of research and development in Israel. Last month, Michal Braverman-Blumenstyk was appointed as the new head. READ MORE
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