A recent analysis by the specialized firm Bloomberg has revealed that the major technology companies have laid off over 150,000 workers in the past three years. “Every week there seems to be more and more mass layoffs in the tech industry, it’s hard to remember how we got here,” said this economic medium.
Companies with a strong presence in Colombia, such as Amazon (18,000 layoffs), Facebook and Instagram (11,000 layoffs), Salesforce (10,000 layoffs), Microsoft (10,000 layoffs) and Uber (7,500 layoffs) have been the most affected. Paradoxically, some of these companies have sought to replace their laid-off workers with cheaper labor in countries like Colombia.
The slowdown in sales and the looming global recession have caused a climate of uncertainty for technology companies in the United States. “Recent job cuts are massive and should prompt some necessary self-reflection among tech executives. This is what is happening in public this week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland,” added Bloomberg.
Despite the layoffs, Microsoft has recently opened 169 job vacancies in Colombia, mostly for experienced systems engineers. The nature of the job allows for remote work with the various conveniences offered by this tech giant. “All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or health care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, or national origin,” Microsoft detailed in the offer.