Apple laid off many of its contract-based recruiters over the past week, according to people familiar with the matter.
About 100 contract workers have been laid off, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is private. The recruiter said he was responsible for hiring new Apple employees, and the cuts stressed a slowdown was underway at the company.
The laid off employees were told that the layoffs were due to changes in Apple’s current business needs. Bloomberg first reported last month that many tech companies were hitting the brakes as the company slowed hiring after years of hiring more people. Chief Executive Tim Cook confirmed on Apple’s earnings conference call that the company will be more “discreet” with its spending, even as it continues to invest in some areas.
“I believe in investments that will weather a recession,” Cook told analysts. “So we continue to hire people and invest in our communities, but we do so more cautiously, recognizing the realities of the environment.”
Apple still retains a full-time employee recruiter, and not all contractors have been laid off as part of the move. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment on the decision.
The move to lay off employees is unusual for the Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant, which employs more than 150,000 people. But you are never alone in taking such a step. In recent months, Meta Platforms, Tesla, Microsoft, Amazon.com, and Oracle have all cut jobs in the face of a slowdown in technology spending.
The terminated contractor was told he would receive two weeks’ salary and medical benefits. When they were fired, the employee’s badge was revoked and the employee was told that if they wanted those items back, they would have to email a list of their belongings. Employees were laid off in many locations, including Apple’s offices in Texas and Singapore.
Apple previously laid off a large number of contract workers in Cork, Ireland in 2019. At the time, the company had hundreds of contractors listening to recordings of his Siri conversations to help improve its products. Apple laid off employees as part of scaling back its programs in response to privacy concerns. The company also fired the contractor he worked for at the Apple Park campus in 2015.
Like many other companies, Apple employs contractors for tasks such as technical support and customer service. We also use contractors to localize our products and improve our map services. Contract workers typically have fewer benefits and less protection than permanent employees.
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