Alphabet trims hundreds from global recruitment team

The company will support the affected employees with job search and other benefits


Alphabet, the parent company of Google, is reducing headcount in its global recruiting department. The decision comes as the tech giant continues to curtail its hiring efforts.

As per media reports, the layoffs will not be on a large scale, as the company intends to keep a substantial portion of the team intact for hiring essential positions. Hence, the entire team will not be affected in the recent round of layoff.

As per a Reuters report, the company has let go of ‘a few hundred’ employees in the global recruiting division. Furthermore, the company will also support its departing employees with their job search, both within the company and externally.

In California, Alphabet has become the first major tech firm to initiate employee layoffs in the current quarter. This comes in the wake of its peers such as Meta, Microsoft and Amazon undertaking substantial downsizing earlier in 2023, as the weakened economy brought an end to the  surge in hiring prompted by the pandemic.

In January, Google itself reduced its workforce by about 12,000 jobs, letting go about six per cent of its workforce. Several months later, the tech giant disclosed its intention to terminate personnel within its Waze mapping app division as part of the integration process into Google Maps. The senior executives conveyed this layoff decision to employees through an email.

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