Alphabet, the parent company of Google, has decided to lay off 12,000 people from its workforce with immediate effect, as confirmed by a leaked document obtained by Reuters.
The company thus dispenses with around 6% of its total workforce, made up of some 200,000 workers worldwide, according to the latest known data.
Everything seems to indicate that the personnel cuts affect the vast majority of the company's teams and divisions, including those in charge of recruiting new employees, as well as some corporate positions.
6% of Google's workforce globally will be laid off with immediate effect
The product and engineering teams have also been affected by this decision, and as it has been learned, the layoffs have been carried out globally, although they have a greater impact on personnel in the United States.
Alphabet's CEO, Sundar Pichai, has taken advantage of the letter announcing the decision to remind his team of his "confidence in the great opportunity" that the company faces, "thanks to the strength of its mission, the value of their products and services, and their early investments in AI".
Pichai has also indicated that now is the time to sharpen the company's focus and direct talent and capital toward those fields of the highest priority. Hence, it has been decided to fire a large part of the team, and close some non-priority services or platforms, as has been the case with Google Stadia.
Google is not the only company that has decided to cut its strength due to the weakening of economic conditions globally. Microsoft, for its part, has already announced its decision to lay off 10,000 employees, and Amazon did the same by confirming the layoff of 18,000 employees.