Uber Lays Off 14 Percent of Its Staff as Pandemic Pummels Ride-Share Business

Photo: GettyUber announced this week that it’s cutting 3,700 roles as the coronavirus crisis pummels its ride-share business and that of its competitor Lyft.An Uber spokesperson confirmed to Gizmodo that the layoffs will affect roughly 14 percent of the company’s employees. According to a memo CEO Dara Khosrowshahi sent to the Uber team, the eliminations…

Uber Lays Off 14 Percent of Its Staff as Pandemic Pummels Ride-Share Business

Photo: GettyUber announced this week that it’s cutting 3,700 roles as the coronavirus crisis pummels its ride-share business and that of its competitor Lyft.An Uber spokesperson confirmed to Gizmodo that the layoffs will affect roughly 14 percent of the company’s employees. According to a memo CEO Dara Khosrowshahi sent to the Uber team, the eliminations are hitting its CommOps and Recruiting teams. Khosrowshahi cited the climate created by the current global health crisis, which has vastly impacted the ride-share market, as well as its current hiring freeze as reasons for the cuts. The company spokesperson reiterated the same.“With people taking fewer trips, the unfortunate reality is that there isn’t enough work for many of our front-line customer support employees,” the company said in a statement. “Since we don’t know how long a recovery will take, we are taking steps to bring our costs in line with the size of our business today. This was a tough decision, but it is the right one to help p
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