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Microsoft pays staff $1,500 for work in pandemic

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Microsoft is to give its non-executive staff a $1,500 (£1,080) bonus for their work during the pandemic.

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The company told the BBC it was a symbol of appreciation “during a uniquely challenging year”.

It added: “We are proud to recognise our employees with a one-time monetary gift.”

In the first quarter of 2021 Microsoft’s profits rose 38% on the same period last year.

The Verge reported that employees below vice-president level who joined no later than 31 March 2021 would receive the payment, including part-time workers.

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The big tech firms have done well during the pandemic and Microsoft is not the only firm to have made bonus payments to staff.

In March 2020, Facebook gave employees a $1,000 (£720) bonus to help them with increased expenses caused by the pandemic, such as those associated with setting up a home office.

Google made a similar $1,000 payment in May 2020.

In December, Amazon gave front-line employees a $300 (£216) dollar bonus with part-time workers receiving $150.

Amazon’s revenue rose by 38% in 2020 to $386bn (£279bn).

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