Posted November 11, 2018 09:15:03 Google has announced it has cut 1,000 jobs at its Australian headquarters, bringing its Australian staff total to about 1,800.
The company announced the news on Twitter on Wednesday morning.
“We are currently making significant changes to our Australian workforce and we will share more details on these changes soon,” the company said in a statement.
“These changes will result in some significant changes and impact on our operations and the community.”
It said that 1,100 of those who had been offered redundancy would remain on the payroll, while the remaining 1,400 would be redeployed to other roles.
“As we have said before, our work is very much about building the best products and services for Australian consumers,” Google’s executive vice-president, David Drummond, said in the statement.
Google said it would continue to provide free support to affected employees.
“Our company has long been committed to building a better, more reliable and more trustworthy online experience for everyone,” Drummond said.
“Today we have a small group of our staff affected by this change.
We continue to do everything we can to provide them with the support they need to move on.”
The company said it had been forced to make some personnel changes as a result of the restructuring.
“In light of these new events, we are restructuring some of our workforce at Google Australia and are making some changes to what we are doing to support our employees in these difficult times,” Drumming said.
It added that some of the changes were expected to affect employees at the US-based company in a similar way.
Google Australia confirmed to Business Insider that some employees had been told to find new jobs but that the company had not made any changes to its global workforce.
“We have some people who have been offered the opportunity to work for us elsewhere, and we’re working with them to understand what’s best for them and their families,” the spokesperson said.
Google Australia’s statement on Wednesday said that “most” of its Australian employees would be offered “extended redundancy”.
The spokesperson said that the number of Australians affected by the restructuring had been “under investigation”.
“This is a small percentage of the Australian workforce but the number is expected to be large,” the statement said.
It said it was working with the Australian Border Force and the Australian Crime Commission to “undertake any necessary actions” to help people affected.