Google starts job cuts in recruiting division
Google is laying off hundreds of employees from its global recruiting team.
It is part of a broader effort to curtail hiring activity in the coming quarters.
The New York Times reported Brian Ong, Google’s Vice President of Recruiting, informed staff of the decision to cut jobs in a video meeting.
Ong said: “We unfortunately need to make a significant reduction to the size of the recruiting organization.
“It’s not something that was an easy decision to make, and it definitely isn’t a conversation any of us wanted to have again this year.
“Given the base of hiring that we’ve received the next several quarters, it’s the right thing to do overall.”
The affected employees in the recruiting group will begin receiving emails regarding their status immediately.
Earlier this year, Google parent Alphabet, announced plans to cut 12,000 jobs.
It impacts roughly six percent of its full-time workforce across various departments, including the recruiting organization.
While Google has been in a cost-cutting mode for some time, Alphabet reported a seven percent increase in second-quarter revenue, exceeding analysts’ expectations.
In response to concerns raised by affected employees during the previous layoffs in January,
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Ong said those affected by recent layoffs would retain access to company offices for an extended period and maintain online system access.
“We continue to invest in top engineering”
Courtenay Mencini, a Google spokesperson, said: “We continue to invest in top engineering and technical talent while also meaningfully slowing the pace of our overall hiring.
“In line with this, the volume of requests for our recruiters has gone down.
“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.”