After Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft and Twitter, it’s Google’s turn to announce a wave of layoffs.
In a statement released this Friday, January 20, Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet, explains that the workforce will be cut. about 12,000 itemswhich corresponds to 6% of the company’s workforce.
Growing too fast?
“Over the past two years, we have experienced periods of impressive growth. To support and stimulate this growth, we hired employees for a different economic reality than the one we face today,” says the businessman.
As a result, Google has hired over 70,000 employees between 2019 and 2022., which corresponds to more than a third of the entire workforce (186,779 people). The statement does not specify which positions will be affected, simply saying that he has “undertaken a thorough review of areas and functions to ensure that our people and roles are aligned with our highest priorities.” It can be assumed that artificial intelligence is one of these priorities and, in particular, can effectively compete with the ChatGPT system developed by Open AI.