Google’s Latest Round of Layoffs Affects Hundreds

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Google parent company Alphabet is downsizing its workforce again this year, this time affecting its global recruitment team. The company has confirmed the layoffs as it continues to slow hiring.

In the company’s July earnings call, group CEO Sundar Pichai stated that Google will continue to slow down on its expense growth and hiring pace. The company has indicated this round of layoffs is not part of a wide-scale layoff round and it will retain a significant majority of the division.

According to a statement to Semafor by Google spokesperson, Courtenay Mencini, the decision was made as the volume volume for recruiters has reduced. Part of the statement reads, “In order to continue our important work to ensure we operate efficiently, we’ve made the hard decision to reduce the size of our recruiting team.” Affected employees will receive their severance among other benefits.

The tech giant had earlier this year laid off 12,000 employees representing a 6% workforce cut across the company. This was in a wave of aggressive layoffs across the “Big Tech” companies that saw Meta, Amazon and Microsoft cut thousands of jobs citing economic challenges.

Google is the first major Big Tech company to conduct layoffs this quarter. However, the company has not yet revealed the exact number of employees affected.

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