By James Rogers
This year has already surpassed 2022 for global tech redundancies
More than 171,000 global technology-sector employees have been laid off since the start of 2023, according to data compiled by the website Layoffs.fyi.
The website's tally of 2023 global tech layoffs has gone up more than sixfold since mid-January.
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The data show that 2023 has surpassed 2022 for global tech redundancies, with 596 tech companies laying off 171,308 employees since the start of the year. Last year, 1,024 tech companies laid off a total of 154,336 employees, according to Layoffs.fyi.
Last month, Electronic Arts Inc. (EA) announced its intention to slash 6% of its workforce as the videogame publisher looks to cut costs. Streaming-media company Roku Inc. (ROKU) also disclosed that it would lay off 200 employees as part of a cost-cutting plan.
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A host of tech companies, including Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN), Palantir Technologies Inc. (PLTR), Twilio Inc. (TWLO), DocuSign Inc. (DOCU), Salesforce Inc. (CRM), SAP (SAP.XE), Zoom Video Communications Inc. (ZM), eBay Inc. (EBAY), Dell Technologies Inc. (DELL), PayPal Holdings Inc. (PYPL), International Business Machines Corp. (IBM), Intel Corp. (INTC), Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), Spotify Technology (SPOT) and Google parent Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL)(GOOGL) have announced job cuts in 2023.
Since Elon Musk took control of Twitter last year, the San Francisco-based company has also made significant layoffs. Last week Musk described laying off almost 6,500 people, or 80% of the company's workforce, as "painful" and "one of the hardest things" he has had to do. Twitter's headcount now stands at 1,500 people, according to Musk.
Additional reporting by Anviksha Patel.
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April 19, 2023 09:22 ET (13:22 GMT)
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