by James Rogers
This year has already surpassed 2024 due to global iterations in technology
More than 171,000 global tech sector employees have been laid off since the start of 2023, according to data compiled by layoffs.fyi.
The website’s tally of global tech layoffs for 2023 has increased more than sixfold since mid-January.
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The data shows that 2023 has surpassed 2024 in global technology layoffs, with 596 technology companies laying off 171,308 employees since the beginning 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 cut 6% of its workforce as the video game publisher seeks to cut costs. Roku Inc. revealed (ROKU) streaming media reported that it would lay off 200 employees as part of a cost-cutting plan.
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A group of technology companies, including Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) and Palantir Technologies Inc. (PLTR) and Twilio Inc. (TWLO), DocuSign Inc. (DOCU), Salesforce Inc. (CRM) and 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), Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL) (GOOGL), the parent company of Google, announced job cuts in 2023.
Since Elon Musk took control of Twitter last year, the San Francisco-based company has laid off a slew of workers. Last week, Musk described laying off nearly 6,500 people, or 80% of the company’s workforce, as “painful” and “one of the hardest things” he’s had to do. According to Musk, Twitter now employs 1,500 people.
Additional reporting by Anveksha Patel.
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