Google has reportedly announced a hiring freeze internally that will remain in place for two weeks. According to a report by information, Prabhakar Raghavan, senior vice president of Google, sent a company-wide email notifying workers of the decision. This follows Google’s announcement of a slowdown in hiring that will last until the end of this year.
“We will use this time to review our staffing needs and align with a new set of priority staffing requests for the next three months,” Raghavan writes. As noted InformationGoogle says the hiring freeze won’t affect existing job openings, but the company will no longer offer new ones to candidates.
In his message to employees earlier this month about the slowdown, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the company recruited 10,000 employees in the second quarter of 2022 alone. At the time, Pichai had said Google would focus on hiring employees in engineering, technical, and “other critical roles,” but now that hiring has been halted altogether.
“Google is reading the coin and following the trend of other Big Tech players slowing hiring in 2023 given macro storm clouds,” Wedbush analyst Dan Ives said in a post. communicated to The edge. “Google is seeing a slowdown in digital ad spend and we view this as a prudent move.”
As Ives notes, Google joins a number of other big tech companies that have suspended or halted hiring. In May, Meta announced a hiring freeze for employees in specific teams, including those working on shopping features and Messenger Kids. Twitter and Spotify also cut hiring, with Apple forecasting a slowdown in 2023. Other companies including Substack, Tesla and Netflix laid off amid an economic downturn.