Microsoft’s HQ where new jobs for people with autism will be based
The new jobs will be based at Microsoft’s HQ in Redmond, USA
Microsoft says it wants to hire more people with autism in full-time roles.
The tech giant is to start by offering 10 places on a pilot scheme based at its Redmond headquarters.
Senior executive Mary Ellen Smith said: “People with autism bring strengths that we need at Microsoft.”
The UK’s National Autistic Society welcomed the move but said that other firms should do more to tap into the skills offered by many people with autism.
Announcing the new scheme in a blog, Ms Smith said: “Each individual is different, some have an amazing ability to retain information, think at a level of detail and depth or excel in math or code.”