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Recruiters Are Asking Laid-Off Tech Workers to Return As Contractors

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"You'd be perfect for Microsoft," one recruiter told a former Microsoft worker.

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Recruiters are asking workers who were laid off at some of Seattle's biggest tech companies to return to the same company for contract positions at a lower salary, no benefits, and no stock options.

"There's no way I want to go back . . . making half the amount," said one former Microsoft worker.

Another worker who was laid off from Amazon said they've heard from several recruiters looking specifically for people with Amazon experience.

Tech companies, including Amazon and Microsoft, often supplement their own recruiting efforts with third-party firms that help find interested and qualified candidates for new roles, particularly contract positions. These recruiters haven't stopped even as those same tech companies continue to lay off workers.

From The Seattle Times
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