Microsoft announced its intent to hire 50,000 people for jobs requiring technology skills over the next three years, as part of a broader campaign with professional networking site LinkedIn to re-skill workers affected by the pandemic for new fields.
Microsoft said the placements will be within its "ecosystem" of companies that utilize or help sell its products.
The push began late last year as pandemic-related business closures had a greater impact on service workers than on technology and other white-collar employees who could work from home.
LinkedIn offered many paid digital skills training courses for free, ranging from software development to data analysis to financial analysis.
The site said it will extend the free courses until year's end, and Microsoft and LinkedIn estimate that total enrollees have reached 30.7 million, up from an expected 25 million.
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