Apple, like Microsoft, Tesla, and other major tech companies, has been hesitant to cut jobs in the face of the economic downturn, but it appears to be succumbing to the pressure.
According to Bloomberg, Apple has laid off approximately 100 contract recruiters in order to reflect changes in the company’s “current business needs.” It is still employing full-time recruiters and some contractors, but the layoffs ranged from Texas to Singapore.
During a conference call to discuss the company’s latest earnings, CEO Tim Cook stated that Apple would continue to hire people but would be “more deliberate” given the difficult economic conditions.
In response to Siri recording privacy concerns, it fired hundreds of Irish contract workers in 2019 and dropped Apple Park development contractors in 2015.
The move is unsurprising given Apple’s mixed results this spring. Although iPhone revenue increased, Apple Watch and smart home sales fell due to the poor economy. Supply constraints also hampered iPad and Mac sales.
While Apple isn’t in dire financial straits (it still made $19.4 billion in profit), it isn’t experiencing the same level of growth as in previous years. If the layoff report is correct, the company is adjusting to a reality in which increasing sales are not guaranteed.