Google’s parent company, Alphabet, will eliminate 12,000 positions, the most recent round of layoffs to affect the tech sector. In an internal email, Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google and Alphabet, stated that he accepted “full responsibility” for the cuts. 6% of Alphabet’s employees worldwide, including those in the engineering and recruitment teams, will be affected by the layoffs. This comes after Amazon cut 18,000 jobs and Microsoft cut 10,000 jobs in recent weeks.
Staff members “worked so hard” in their positions, Mr. Pichai said, adding that their “contributions have been invaluable.” He stated: “We will support employees as they look for their next opportunity, even though this transition won’t be simple.
“Please take good care of yourselves while you process this upsetting news until then. As part of that, if you are starting your work day, please feel free to work from home today.” According to a recent filing with Companies House, Google has more than 5,500 staff in the UK. But it is still being determined how many of these will be affected by the cuts.