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Beyond putting the brakes on hiring, Apple has laid off close to 100 contract-based recruiters from Texas, Singapore and elsewhere this week

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Last month, Patently Apple posted a report titled "Like most Tech Companies, Apple plans to put the brakes on 2023 Hiring and Spending as inflation in the U.S. hits a 40 Year High."


Beyond putting the brakes on hiring, Apple has now moved to lay off many of its contract-based recruiters in the past week, part of a push to rein in the tech giant’s hiring and spending, according to Bloomberg sources.


The sources further revealed that "About 100 contract workers were let go in a rare move for the world’s most valuable company. The recruiters were responsible for hiring new employees for Apple, and the cuts underscore that a slowdown is underway at the company.


Workers laid off were told the cuts were made due to changes in Apple’s current business needs. Bloomberg first reported last month that the company was decelerating hiring after years of staffing up, joining many tech companies in hitting the brakes. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook confirmed during Apple’s earnings conference call that the company would be more 'deliberate' in its spending -- even as it keeps investing in some areas.


Apple's CEO Tim Cook told analysts that "We believe in investing through the downturn. And so we’ll continue to hire people and invest in areas, but we are being more deliberate in doing so in recognition of the realities of the environment.”


The report further noted that "Apple is still retaining recruiters who are full-time employees, and not all of its contractors were fired as part of the move. An Apple spokesman declined to comment on the decision.


The move to lay off workers is unusual for the Cupertino, California-based technology giant, which employs more than 150,000 people. But it’s far from alone in taking such a step. In recent months, Meta Platforms Inc., Tesla Inc., Microsoft Corp., Inc. and Oracle Corp. have all eliminated jobs in the face of a tech spending slowdown.


Terminated contractors were told they would receive pay and medical benefits for two weeks. When they were laid off, employee badges were disabled and workers were told they would need to email a list of their belongings if they wanted those items to be returned. Recruiters were let go across many regions, including at Apple’s offices in Texas and Singapore." For more, read the full Bloomberg report. 


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