Google, the American multinational, announced this Friday the layoff of 12,000 employees, representing 6% of its workforce worldwide.
One of the companies most famous for taking care of its employees joins the trend of massive layoffs that the industry has experienced in recent months. Google is no longer the Numantine resistance of the technology sector.
The top manager has described the move as “a difficult decision to prepare for the future.” This has been communicated by its CEO, Sundar Pichai, through a public message that he has sent first to all his employees.
As a result of these layoffs, Google workers around the world will be affected. The company is already notifying its employees in the United States, but warns that those in other countries may take longer to find out if the decision affects them.
The company in Spain has some 300 employees at its headquarters in Madrid and another 40 people in a company office that was opened this year in Barcelona. Other companies such as Meta and Twitter have had to opt for the ERE for layoffs, which have taken 2 months or more to negotiate in Spain.The current situation in which the CEO of Google has justified the layoffs due to the complex economic crisis, and especially due to its contrast with the growth that the sector had experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pichai acknowledges, who has assumed responsibility for the cuts, “In the last 2 years we have experienced periods of spectacular growth. To match and drive that growth, we contracted for an economic reality different from the current one.”
According to Pichai, in line with the layoffs, Google will carry out a transition process for which it has reviewed its products and its priorities. “The jobs we are eliminating reflect the outcome of that review.”
The layoffs affect all of Google parent Alphabet, including “different product areas, functions, tiers and regions.”The multinational has promised to pay employees a minimum of 60 days of salary after notifying them, in addition to other compensation in the United States, although in the rest of the world they will depend on each country.
This Monday there will be a massive meeting with other company employees to discuss the issue.
In the technology sector, Google’s mass layoff is the largest that has occurred, only behind that carried out by Amazon, which this January confirmed the departure of 18,000 people from its global workforce.The Microsoft company has also laid off a large part of its staff, and this week announced the layoff of 10,000 employees, including those who worked on the development of its Bing search engine integrated with ChatGPT.
Published by The Usa Herald, news and information agency..