Apple reportedly lays off recruiters amid hiring slowdown

Apple has been hesitant to cut jobs in the face of the economic downturn like Microsoft, Tesla and other big tech companies, but it’s apparently not immune to the pressure. Bloomberg Sources claim Apple has fired about 100 contract recruiters to reflect changes in the company’s “current business needs.” It retains full-time recruiting positions and some contractors, but the layoffs have affected locations from Texas to Singapore.

The company declined to comment. During a call for the latest earnings, CEO Tim Cook said Apple will continue hiring but is taking a “more prudent” approach given the difficult conditions. It sacked hundreds of Irish contract workers in 2019 in response to Siri recording privacy concerns and sacked Apple Park developers in 2015.

The move isn’t surprising given Apple’s mixed quarter this spring. Though iPhone revenue rose, Apple Watch and smart home sales suffered a setback due to a rough economy. Sales of the iPad and Mac have also been hampered by supply shortages. While Apple isn’t exactly in financial trouble (it still posted a profit of $19.4 billion), it’s not enjoying the relentless growth of the past few years. If the layoff report is accurate, the company is adjusting to a reality where ever-increasing sales are not guaranteed.

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