Google To Lay Off For The First Time

For the first time in its history of establishment, internet giant Google will be laying off its first batch of direct workers involving some 100 employees.

It wasn’t clear where these 100 employees will come from. One thing for sure, it is a clear indication that career in technology has taken a hit with major layoffs coming from the technology sector. Yesterday, another multinational, Motorola announced 4,000 job cuts.

In its blog where the announcement was made, the Vice President of Operations, Laszlo Bock said, “after much consideration, we have with great regret decided that we need to go further and reduce the overall size of our recruiting organization by approximately 100 positions.”

In the recent week, the company has been silently shedding off temporary, part time and casual workers, who were not hired on full time employment. The layoff has not been made public because it was made through the cutting of ‘operational expenses’ (under the US regulation, a public company must inform the authority on any plan for retrenchment).

When acquiring Doubleclick in a record deal in 2007, Google also layoff 300 workers.

While the number 100 seems small compared to other companies who announced layoffs involving thousands of people, it is possible for the figure to increase in the near future.

Motorola Announces 4,000 Job Cuts

Motorola started its first month of year 2009 by announcing a massive job cut involving 4,000 employees in its worldwide operation.

The continued slump of its mobile phone sales has forced the company to streamline a drastic measure by cutting the number of workers and reducing operating expenses. 19 million cell phones were sold in 2008, 4 million short of analyst expectation.

The 4,000 figure represents 6% of its total workforce, and the company expects to spare $700 million cash in savings. 3,000 unfortunate employees will come from the mobile devices unit, while the remaining will be made up of workers in corporate and business divisions.

The company did not reveal which countries will be affected by the layoff move, but as many quarters are closely monitoring the situation, things are abound to be unfolding.

The layoff is in addition to 6,500 job cuts already made in 2008, and the latest move brings the total to pass the 10,000 job losses.

Motorola is presently trailing far behind rival Nokia, which continues to widen the market gap as the latter produces more and more best selling models. Motorola’s range of mobile phones is limited and in addition to that, it seems to have lost its momentum after the successful launching of the Razr phone in 2007.