Google cuts 100 recruitment staff

Google will lay off 100 recruiters and close engineering offices in Norway, Sweden and the US.

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Google will lay off 100 recruiters and close engineering offices in Norway, Sweden and the US.

The company is hiring at a reduced rate, it said in October during its quarterly earnings call.

Given the state of the economy, Google recognised that it needs fewer people to do the hiring, Laszlo Block, VP, wrote in a post on the official Google blog.

After winding down contracts with external contractors and vendors providing recruiting services, Google has now decided to reduce the overall size of its recruiting organization by about 100, Block said.

Google is also asking 70 engineering staff at sites in Trondheim in Norway, Lulea in Sweden and Austin, Texas, to move to other locations, reducing the number of sites on which it operates, it said in another blog posting.

The company is making this move because it was becoming difficult to coordinate its engineering efforts across geographies, and provide engineers with significant, meaningful projects that make a real difference to people's lives, Senior Vice President for Engineering & Research Alan Eustace wrote on Wednesday.

Google has engineers working in 40 offices in over 20 countries. In September, the company asked its engineers in Phoenix, Arizona, to move to other offices, and the vast majority have moved, Eustace said.

The move enabled Google to build larger and more effective teams, reduce communication overhead, and give engineers increased options for future projects, he added.

The company's long-term goal is not to cut engineering staff but to create a smaller number of more effective engineering sites, Eustace said.

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