Alibaba Cloud is allegedly cutting 7% of its workforce

Kerem Gülen
May 24, 2023

Alibaba, the Chinese IT giant, has recently revealed its intention to downsize its workforce, joining the list of companies taking similar measures. The company plans to reduce its cloud division's staff by 7%. An announcement regarding these layoffs is expected to be made by Alibaba early next week.

The tech giant has already initiated the process of informing its staff about the impending layoffs. In an effort to provide alternative options, some employees are being offered the opportunity to transfer to different departments within the company. The exact number of workers who will be affected by the layoffs remains unknown at this time.

In an endeavor to facilitate rapid expansion, the corporation is implementing staff reductions as part of its reorganization efforts. Additionally, the company is actively engaged in planning a series of initial public offerings (IPOs) for its various divisions. A Nikkei Asia article from March stated that Alibaba Group had intentions to divide its operations into six distinct business segments and pursue separate public offerings, which would subsequently lead to significant layoffs.

Employees affected by these changes will receive severance compensation, and there is a possibility that some of them may be relocated to other departments within the company.

Tech layoffs show no signs of slowing down

The tech sector has been rocked by a wave of layoffs this year, impacting some of the industry's biggest players. Meta (formerly Facebook), Amazon, Disney, Apple, Soundcloud, Yahoo, Intel, LinkedIn, and Google have all made the tough decision to let go of employees, sending shockwaves throughout the tech community. This trend highlights the challenges and uncertainties faced by companies in this fast-paced and ever-changing landscape.

Behind the headlines and figures, these layoffs have real human consequences. Talented professionals, who were dedicated to their work and relied on their jobs, now find themselves facing an uncertain future. Job security has been shaken, and the search for new opportunities has become a daunting task in a highly competitive job market.

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These layoffs reflect the larger transformations occurring in the tech industry. Companies are grappling with the need to adapt to technological advancements, changing consumer demands, and intense market competition. They are reevaluating their strategies and looking for ways to streamline operations, optimize resources, and drive profitability.

While these measures may be necessary for companies to stay competitive and explore new avenues of growth, they also underscore the challenges faced by employees. The layoffs serve as a reminder that even established tech giants are not immune to the winds of change.


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  1. Anonymous said on May 24, 2023 at 9:03 pm

    More unemployment, or capitalism at work.

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