Microsoft intends to more than double the size of its Research & Development division in Israel over the next four years, from 2,000 to 4,500 personnel.
Hundreds of available roles, ranging from senior engineers to interns, are currently being filled. This follows a period of significant expansion, with Microsoft’s R&D workforce in Israel increased by 30% over the last 18 months to more than 2,000 personnel throughout Herzliya, Haifa, Tel Aviv, and Nazareth.
Microsoft’s Israel R&D Center comprises over 30 product groups working on data security, cloud services, big data, digital health, autonomous driving platforms, AI, and Surface devices.
This expansion will result in the addition of five new locations in the following years including 25,000 square meters of land in Tel Aviv, a new location will house over 1,000 employees.
Additionally, the company is looking for 17,000 square meters of extra space in Herzliya, near to the brand-new Microsoft campus that opened a year and a half ago, to house 1,000 additional employees.
Two new development locations in Beer Sheva and Jerusalem will open next year to broaden the organization’s geographic reach and to accommodate underrepresented groups like as ultra-orthodox Jews and Israeli Arabs.
The fifth location is still being explored, with essential factors such as workforce diversity, work-life balance, and decreasing commute time for individuals traveling to the office in mind.
A study on the impact of Microsoft’s hybrid work style indicated that the majority of the company’s employees desire to split their time between the office and offsite sites. Additionally, it shown that employee choice results in increased employee satisfaction and organizational flexibility.
Microsoft Corporate VP and general manager Microsoft Israel R&D Center Michal Braverman-Blumenstyk said, “The establishment of the new development sites, along with the recruitment of thousands of new employees in Israel, is proof of Microsoft’s commitment and confidence in our technological impact and talented workforce.
“This expansion will help us grow, retain, and recruit the most talented people to build the most cutting-edge solutions. We want Microsoft to be accessible to any candidate no matter where they live, so establishing campuses in Jerusalem and Beer Sheva is especially significant.”