In what looks like a sure shot indication of a slowdown, Apple Inc. has laid off many contract-based recruiters as part of an attempt to cut costs and expenditure. Full-time recruiters have not been touched.
Bloomberg reports that these recruiters were responsible for hiring contractual talent for Apple. As many as 100 contractual workers have been laid off. These workers have been reportedly told that they would be given two weeks’ salary and medical benefits, and that the job cuts were necessary for the financial stability of the Company.
Tim Cook, CEO, Apple had stated that Apple would continue hiring and investing in specific areas, but the spending would be more cautious considering the uncertainties surrounding the market.
This news of layoffs at Apple comes close on the heels of Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google, indicating that Google has more employees than it has work. Earlier this month, he had made it quite clear that the productivity of the tech major’s workforce is below expectations and rather worrisome.
Pichai conveyed to the employees that the fact that productivity is way lower than it should be is a cause for concern, considering the size of the workforce. Revealing that the Company has been unable to achieve the set targets despite such a large team, he went on to urge employees to actively work towards a culture that is more focussed on the mission of the Company as well as on its products and customers.