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Jan 21, 2009

Job cuts at Google India

Google India, the India arm of Mountain View, California-based internet company Google Inc., has terminated the jobs of between 30 and 40 employees from its finance department, according to at a Googler and a recruiter with the development, who did not wish to be identified.

The 40 comprising financial analysts and chartered accountants among others are largely terminated contractors or temporary workers and some Googlers. According to the first person, the termination dates for these laid off employees are different with the last termination date being January 31.

In a response to a query on layoffs, Google spokesperson said, "We have been reducing our dependence on contractors for over a year across locations. In rare cases, where restructuring impacts Googlers, we actively work on providing them with other opportunities within Google. In India, Google continues to hire to need. We are unable to comment on any specific initiative."

The finance department at Google India handles the internet company's accounting and financial transactions. Google India has a total headcount of around 3,000 employees. According to the second person, "Google India is in the middle of restructuring this financial unit and care is being taken to retain as many Googlers as possible."

The latest termination comes close on the heels of news of a SEC filing on Decemeber 16 from Google showing a significant cutback in temporary employees to cut costs. Earlier, on January 14, in a statement posted on the company's official blog, Laszlo Bock, vice president, people operations said that Google will lay off around 100 employees from its recruitment team and terminate its contract with external hiring agencies, the first significant cutback in its 11-year history.

Source : LiveMint
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