GitHub, which is owned by Microsoft, has let go of around 142 engineering positions in its India division. Amid challenging global market conditions, this is a way of the internet hosting company to try to cut down its expenses.
Thomas Dohmke, CEO, GitHub, wrote an email to employees in which he informed them about the layoffs and justified the measures taken. In the email, he stated that the company had to make tough decisions, which included the departure of some employees, as well as implementing new budgetary measures. These steps were taken to safeguard the company’s short-term health and also to enable them to invest in their long-term strategy.
As per the mail, the layoffs have not been based on performance but the company’s focus towards new budgetary measures. The workers who were terminated from their jobs received two months’ salary as compensation and were required to sign a rigorous NDA in place of the perks.
Github also laid off employees last month as a part of its streamlining efforts and revealed that it planned to reduce its workforce by around 10 per cent by the end of March. It has also decided to freeze all its new hiring until further notice.
The engineering team of GitHub in India was the second largest group of coders for the company, after the United States, and the reductions are expected to have a significant impact on the company’s operations in India. However, despite the cutbacks, GitHub is still committed to its long-term strategy and the incorporation of artificial intelligence into its platform.
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