Tech giant, Google has recently announced that they will be taking a two-week hiring freeze. This new development comes after the company announced last week that they would be slowing down their hiring process for the remainder of the year to take a fresh look at their overall hiring process. The company has reportedly hired close to 10,000 people in Q2 alone, with full-quarter results set to drop on July 26.
Google is Taking Two-Week Hiring Freeze to Align with Prioritized Staffing Requests
“We’ll use this time to review our headcount needs and align on a new set of prioritized Staffing Requests for the next three months,” said Prabhakar Raghavan, senior vice president at Google. The two-week hiring freeze would not affect offers already made but would put a halt to future contract extensions. Google’s move to implement the two-week hiring freeze aligns with last week’s internal memo where CEO Sundar Pichai said the company is looking to be “more entrepreneurial” and re-deploy resources in higher-priority areas.
“As Sundar announced, we are slowing hiring for the rest of the year. In line with that, we’re pausing most new offers for two weeks to enable teams to prioritize their roles and hiring plans for the rest of the year,” stated a Google spokesperson. Similar measures have already taken place at other tech companies as some have issued hiring freezes and even laid off employees.
Twitter and Meta Have Also Frozen Their Hiring Process
In addition to this, Meta reportedly suspended hiring across some of their engineering teams and issued cutbacks across the board at the company. CEO Mark Zuckerberg told employees there would be fewer resources available and employees would have to prepare to do more work. Similarly, Twitter initially issued a hiring freeze, then laid off 30% of its talent acquisition team two months into said freeze earlier this month.