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Irish Mirror
Anita McSorley

Google Ireland job fears as firm to lay off 12,000 workers in latest blow to tech sector

Google’s parent company Alphabet says it plans to cut 12,000 jobs globally, around 6% of its workforce, in the latest blow to the technology sector.

It comes after other companies including Microsoft, Amazon and Meta recently announced plans to axe workers.

Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai announced the news in a memo to staff on Friday, which was shared with Reuters.

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He said that the company had rapidly expanded its headcount in recent years "for a different economic reality than the one we face today."

He added: "I take full responsibility for the decisions that led us here.”

Google employs more than 5,000 people in Ireland. It is not yet known what impact it will have here.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai (Getty)

It’s understood that Alphabet's job losses affect teams across the company including recruiting and some corporate functions, as well as some engineering and products teams.

The layoffs will reportedly impact US staff immediately.

On Wednesday, Microsoft said it plans to cut 10,000 jobs, or about 5% of its global workforce this year.

Earlier this month, online retail titan Amazon announced plans to axe more than 18,000 jobs worldwide.

Last year, Facebook parent Meta confirmed plans to make 11,000 layoffs globally, putting hundreds of Irish workers at risk.


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