Google is reducing its global recruiting organization, resulting in the elimination of hundreds of jobs, as the company scales back hiring efforts over the next few quarters. The decision was communicated to employees by Brian Ong, Google’s recruiting vice president, during a video meeting. Ong acknowledged that it was a difficult choice but deemed it necessary due to the expected hiring levels in the coming quarters.
This move follows Google’s announcement in January that it would be cutting 12,000 jobs, affecting approximately 6% of its full-time workforce. The layoffs were not limited to one area and also impacted Google’s recruiting organization. Google has been focused on cost-cutting measures for some time, but Alphabet, its parent company, reported a 7% increase in second-quarter revenue, surpassing analyst expectations.
Employees affected by these recent layoffs will have continued access to offices and online systems for an extended period, addressing concerns raised when access was abruptly terminated for employees laid off in January.
Google confirmed the reduction in its recruiting team, emphasizing that it is still investing in engineering and technical talent but slowing the pace of overall hiring in response to decreased demand for recruiter services.
This move reflects Google’s strategic adjustments in response to changing business needs and market conditions as the company continues to navigate the evolving landscape of the tech industry.