Google has laid off hundreds of staff in the first wave of tech layoffs for 2024, with other tech companies following suit.
Google has undertaken a major workforce reduction which saw over 1000 employees across its hardware, engineering, and Google assistant teams lose their jobs this week.
A spokesperson told ‘The Verge’, that “a number of our teams made changes to become more efficient and work better” and that “some teams are continuing to make these kinds of organisational changes, which include some role eliminations globally.”
This latest round of layoffs have affected an estimated 0.5 percent of parent company Alphabet’s workforce.
One year ago Google made headlines as it announced plans to lay off 12,000 employees, kicking off a huge wave of tech layoffs in 2023 that saw millions of job losses across the globe.
The Alphabet Workers Union described the recent job cuts as “another round of needless layoffs”.
“Our members and teammates work hard every day to build great products for our users, and the company cannot continue to fire our coworkers while making billions every quarter,” the union wrote in a Twitter post. “We won’t stop fighting until our jobs are safe!”
Just days into 2024, this latest round of layoffs is accompanied with other major players in the tech industry making similar moves to cull their workforce in order to save costs and remain competitive.
Amazon will lay off hundreds of employees in its streaming and studio operations, at Prime Video and Amazon MGM Studios. Live-streaming company Twitch, a subsidiary of Amazon plans to also lay off about 35 percent of its workforce, or 500 employees in the near future, and Discord will be laying off 17 percent of its workforce.