In February, Microsoft-owned GitHub announced the elimination of 10% of its workforce.
Microsoft-owned popular internet hosting platform GitHub reportedly laid off its entire engineering team in India on Monday. According to Business Today, the move has impacted 142 engineers in the company.
The job cut was not on the basis of employee performance, the report added. Furthermore, the company has given a severance equivalent to two months’ pay to the affected staff members. In lieu of the severance benefits, the laid-off employees have been asked to sign a strict Non-Disclosure Agreement.
The media organization also cited a confirmation from GitHub’s spokesperson who said the layoff is a part of the restructuring plan announced in February. The spokesperson deemed the decision as “difficult but necessary” to protect the health of the business and would grant the company the capacity to invest in its long-term strategy.
The same news was shared by tech writer Gergely Orosz on Twitter. “What I am hearing: GitHub’s India engineering team is no more. Yesterday, the complete dev team was let go at once. We’re talking of ~100 engineers. Engineers speculate this was done as teams were smaller than other locations, owning fewer & lower priority stuff,” he Tweeted.
In February, the Microsoft-owned platform announced to eliminate 10% of its around 3,000 employees by the end of the March quarter. GitHub also announced to freeze hiring until further notice.
GitHub is not the first company to lay off its employees. Several tech companies including Mark Zuckerberg-led Meta, Sundar Pichai-led Alphabet, Elon Musk-led Twitter, and Satya Nadella-led Microsoft, among others, are laying off thousands of employees in an attempt to gear up for a global economic slowdown. In a nutshell, a setback in consumer spending due to high inflation and interest rates along with the threat of a looming recession this year has pushed corporates to keep a lid on their spending.
Just last week, American multinational job listing platform Indeed announced to trim its workforce by 15%, impacting around 2,200 employees. Indeed’s chief executive officer Chris Hyams further announced to take a 25% cut in base pay.