Microsoft is to cut 150 jobs in the UK, in addition to the 60 job losses announced in January. Today's move represents 5 percent of the software giant's UK workforce.

Microsoft said in January that it was restructuring, and would cut 5,000 jobs worldwide. Those were the first job cuts in Microsoft's 34-year history. Microsoft said today that a further 5 percent of the UK's 2,880 staff will lose their jobs, but said that this remained part of the previously announced restructure.

"As part of the plan we announced in January to reduce costs and increase efficiencies, today Microsoft is commencing consultation to remove additional positions across several areas of the company," a Microsoft spokesman said.

"A number of UK positions are affected, representing about 5 percent of the 2,880 people currently based in the UK," he added.

Furthermore, the Microsoft spokesman said the company would "rebalance resources against our priorities in the current climate".

"We will continue to evaluate our business to ensure that our investments are aligned to current and future revenue opportunities. We believe in the strength of the company, our ability to continue delivering value to customers and our approach to long-term growth."