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Tech Layoffs Surge Past 15,000 in February 2024: SAP, Cisco, and More Join the Firing Spree

February 2024 witnessed a wave of job cuts in the tech industry, with at least 74 major companies laying off over 15,000 employees. The ongoing trend of layoffs continues to unsettle the industry, raising concerns about the future of tech workers worldwide. Amidst the upheaval, giants like SAP and Cisco are among those executing significant restructuring measures, shedding light on the underlying reasons behind the firing spree.

The landscape of the tech industry has been marred by layoffs in recent years, but the magnitude reached a new peak in 2023, with major corporations axing thousands of jobs. The trend persists into 2024, with Google signaling further layoffs in the coming months. Across the sector, 186 tech companies have collectively let go of a staggering 49,386 employees, painting a grim picture for job security in the industry.

Although February saw a marginal decrease in layoffs compared to January, the prevailing economic uncertainties hint at a precarious year ahead for tech workers globally.

One of the primary drivers behind the surge in layoffs is the widespread internal restructuring underway across many US and global tech firms. Companies are realigning their business priorities, often leading to the elimination of certain departments or projects and subsequent job cuts. SAP’s restructuring plan, impacting over 7% of its workforce, reflects this trend as it aims to accelerate growth through AI and transition towards a cloud-centric approach. Similarly, Expedia Group’s decision to lay off 1500 employees underscores the industry-wide drive to streamline cost structures.

Economic instability and apprehensions of a looming recession have also fueled the spate of layoffs. Tech giants like Cisco, facing uncertain business environments and sluggish demand in telecommunications, have resorted to laying off 5% of their workforce to navigate the challenging landscape. Moreover, prolonged deployment times for products shipped to customers have added to Cisco’s woes, highlighting the multifaceted nature of the economic challenges confronting tech companies.

Despite the adverse implications for affected employees, layoffs often serve as a strategic move to bolster financial performance. Companies benefit from reduced payroll expenses, leading to improved profit margins and increased cash flow. Farfetch’s decision to lay off 2000 employees underscores this strategy, aimed at enhancing the company’s financial resilience and operational efficiency.

Several other factors contribute to the wave of layoffs, including overstaffing during the pandemic and pressure from investors for greater efficiency and cost-cutting measures. As tech companies navigate through these challenges, the repercussions of the firing spree resonate throughout the industry, shaping its trajectory in the months to come.

Rajan Shukla

Rajan Shukla

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