Google’s parent company is laying off hundreds of people from its global recruiting team, and the company’s new hiring process will apparently slow.

According to a report by Reuters, Alphabet (Google’s parent company) announced last Wednesday that it is laying off employees of its global recruitment team as it seeks to reduce the company’s hiring process.

Alphabet is the first major tech company to lay off employees in the past three months, after companies such as Meta, Microsoft and Amazon laid off many people in early 2023 due to economic woes.

California-based Alphabet cut about 12,000 jobs in January, reducing its workforce by 6 percent.

U.S. layoffs more than tripled in August from July and nearly quadrupled from a year ago, according to recruiting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

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