Google will pause its hiring for two weeks as it carries out an assessment of its staffing needs as tough economic times loom.

Google’s senior vice president, Prabhakar Raghavan, wrote an email to employees informing them of the decision, which comes after the tech giant announced a hiring freeze that will extend through the end of the year.

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He said: “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 company will still honor any job offers it has made, but will not be making any new ones.

CEO Sundar Pichai, spoke to staff earlier this month about the slowdown.

He said Google had recruited 10,000 personnel in the second quarter of 2022 alone.

He said at the time Google will prioritize recruiting in engineering, technical, and “other critical roles,” but that hiring has already been halted.

Google spokesperson Chris Pappas said: “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.”

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Wedbush analyst Dan Ives said: “Google is reading the room and following the trend of other Big Tech players slowing hiring into 2023 given the macro storm clouds.”

“Google is seeing a slowdown in digital ad spend and we view this as a prudent move.”

Google joins a handful of other major technology businesses in pausing or ceasing recruiting.

In May, Meta announced a hiring freeze for some teams, including those responsible for commerce features and Messenger Kids.

Twitter and Spotify have also curtailed recruiting, and Apple anticipates a slowdown in 2023.

Other firms, such as Substack, Tesla, and Netflix, have laid off workers due to the economic crisis.

Source: The Verge

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