Recently, several companies have made a ” hiring freeze and now it’s Google’s turn. Just yesterday, the company announced to its workers via email that it will halt hiring for two weeks. However, she stressed that this temporary shutdown will not affect existing job openings.
Recall that at the beginning of the month, Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google sent a memo to employees on the fact that he would slow down the pace of hiring until the end of the year. He made this decision in order to redeploy resources to higher priority areas for Google’s development.
Why will this gel last for two weeks?
In the memo announcing the slowdown in hiring a few weeks ago, Sundar Pichai mentioned that the company had recruited about 10,000 employees during the second quarter of 2022. So, the company now thinks it’s time for the teams to properly prioritize their roles and establish their hiring plan for the rest of the year. To review all this, the company gives them two weeks.
Prabhakar Raghavan, Google’s senior vice president, added that they will use this time to review their staffing needs so they can align with a new set of staffing demands for the next three months. The CEO also asked employees to be more enterprising, to be more focused and to be able to work with greater urgency from now on. The company could then confront the global economic problems it is beginning to feel.
Google is following in the footsteps of several tech giants
Google isn’t the only global tech company to use the “hiring freeze” technique. All are taking precautions in the face of a global economic pinch due to the war between Russia and Ukraine and global shortages of electronic components. Sure enough, Google has seen a slowdown in digital ad spending.
Meta, Spotify, Apple, and Twitter have also implemented their own hiring freezes. Other companies like Tesla, Netflix and Substack even carried out mass layoffs. This is not the case with Google as it still plans to recruit in engineering, technical and other critical positions.