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Google to pause all hiring for two weeks

by George Mensah

According to an article published earlier today by The Information, Google has announced a two-week hiring freeze.

This comes after the company announced last week that it would be slowing down its hiring process for the rest of the year in order to evaluate its overall hiring process. The company reportedly hired nearly 10,000 people in the second quarter alone, with full-quarter results expected on July 26.

In an email obtained by The Information, Prabhakar Raghavan, senior vice president at Google, stated, “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.”

The freeze would not affect existing offers, but it would put a stop to future contract extensions.

Google’s move is consistent with last week’s internal memo (which The Verge obtained), in which CEO Sundar Pichai stated that the company wants to be “more entrepreneurial” and re-deploy resources in higher-priority areas.

“As Sundar stated, we are slowing hiring for the remainder of the year.” As a result, we’re pausing most new offers for two weeks to allow teams to prioritize their roles and hiring plans for the rest of the year,” a Google spokesperson told TechCrunch via email.


Similar measures have already been implemented at other tech firms, with some imposing hiring freezes and even laying off employees.

Meta (formerly known as Facebook) reportedly halted hiring across some of their engineering teams and issued company-wide cutbacks. CEO Mark Zuckerberg informed employees that there would be fewer resources available and that they should prepare to do more work.

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