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Saturday January 21, 2023 0:18 AM, IANS

Google fires 12k employees; Deeply sorry, says CEO Sundar Pichai

San Francisco: Joining the Big Tech league of Amazon, Meta and Microsoft, Google's parent company Alphabet has now sacked 12,000 employees, or about 6 per cent of its workforce, globally.

Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, in an internal memo accessed first by Reuters, announced the layoffs that are across the verticals, including engineering, product, recruiting and corporate teams.

Sundar Pichai said that he is "deeply sorry" for reducing the workforce by approximately 12,000 roles, and takes "full responsibility for the decisions that led us here".

Employees informed via e-mail

In an email to employees, Pichai said the company has already sent a separate email to employees in the US who are affected by the layoffs.

"In other countries, this process will take longer due to local laws and practices," he added.

The roles the company is eliminating cut across Alphabet, product areas, functions, levels, and regions.


In the US, Google will pay employees during the full notification period (minimum 60 days) and also offer a severance package starting at 16 weeks salary, plus two weeks for every additional year at Google, and accelerate at least 16 weeks of GSU (Google stock) vesting.

"While this transition won't be easy, we're going to support employees as they look for their next opportunity," said Pichai.

Those sacked to get bonuses, vacation time

Google will pay 2022 bonuses and remaining vacation time to those impacted.

"We'll be offering 6 months of healthcare, job placement services, and immigration support for those affected. Outside the US, we'll support employees in line with local practices," saod Pichai.


The Google CEO said that these are important moments to "sharpen our focus, reengineer our cost base, and direct our talent and capital to our highest priorities".

The layoffs at Google's parent company were expected amid the deepening funding winter that has hit companies of all sizes in the global slowdown and recession fears.

Google layoffs comes after Microsoft

Microsoft Chairman and CEO Satya Nadella said earlier this week that the company will be "making changes that will result in the reduction of our overall workforce by 10,000 jobs through the end of FY23 Q3 (third quarter)".

More than 1,600 tech employees are being laid off per day on an average in 2023 globally, including in India, and the sacking episodes have gained speed amid global economic meltdown and recession fears.

Amazon announced to lay off 18,000 employees globally, including nearly 1,000 in India.

The year 2023 has begun on a bad note for tech workers globally as 91 companies have laid off more than 24,000 tech employees in the first 15 days this month, signalling worse days ahead.

Cyber-security company Sophos is laying off about 450 people globally including in India -- which is 10 per cent of its workforce -- to achieve "the optimal balance of growth and profitability".

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