Out of Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) headquarters in California comes news only lately confirmed. The search engine is cutting hundreds of jobs in its global recruiting organization as part of a broader pullback in hiring over the next several quarters.
“We unfortunately need to make a significant reduction to the size of the recruiting organization,” Brian Ong, Google’s recruiting vice president, told employees in a Wednesday video meeting.
“It’s not something that was an easy decision to make, and it definitely isn’t a conversation any of us wanted to have again this year,” Ong said.
“Given the base of hiring that we’ve received the next several quarters, it’s the right thing to do overall.”
Employees involved in the recruiting group reductions will receive emails starting Wednesday, Ong said.
In January, Alphabet-owned Google announced it was cutting 12,000 jobs, affecting roughly 6% of the full-time workforce. The layoffs occurred across the company, including in Google’s recruiting organization. While Google has been in cost-cutting mode since last year, Alphabet reported a 7% increase in second-quarter revenue, which was better than analysts expected.
Ong also said that employees hit in the latest layoffs will retain access to offices this week and online systems for longer. Employees had previously criticized the company for abruptly cutting off access to those who lost their jobs in January.
GOOGL shares shaved off 12 cents to $136.59.