Google parent company Alphabet Inc. said it will eliminate 12,000 jobs, making it the latest tech company to lay off employees amid an uncertain economic environment.
Chief executive Sundar Pichai said the cuts affect teams globally, including recruiting, some corporate functions, as well as some engineering and products teams. The layoffs are global and impact U.S. staff immediately, Pichai told employees in an email on Friday.
"Over the past two years we’ve seen periods of dramatic growth. To match and fuel that growth, we hired for a different economic reality than the one we face today," he wrote. "I am confident about the huge opportunity in front of us thanks to the strength of our mission, the value of our products and services, and our early investments in AI."
Pichai said the company will provide employees in the U.S. with at least 16 weeks of salary, plus two weeks for each additional year at the company. It will also offer six months of health care, job placement services and immigration support for affected workers. Remaining vacation time and 2022 bonuses will also be paid. Employees outside the U.S. will be supported in line with local practices.
Alphabet is the latest company in the technology sector that has been affected by recent mass layoffs. Microsoft announced on Wednesday that it will cut 10,000 jobs while Amazon announced it will begin laying off 18,000 employees.
Reuters contributed to this report.