Google Will Institute a Two-Week Hiring Freeze As More Tech Companies Slow Operations

The company said it will stop hiring new employees for two weeks ahead of Alphabet's quarterly earnings report on July 25.

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Google will institute a two-week hiring freeze, according to an email obtained by The Information. The tech company won’t rescind offers, nor will it make any new offers until the end of the pause, according to a message from senior vice president Prabhakar Raghavan.

“We’ll use this time to review our headcount needs and align on a new set of prioritized Staffing Requests for the next three months,” Raghavan said.

The pause is a departure from previous guidance by CEO Sunder Pichai, who said in a July 12 memo that Google would slow, but not freeze, hiring. In the memo Pichai wrote the company was “not immune to economic headwinds,” and would slow down the pace of hiring for the rest of the year, while prioritizing “engineering, technical and other critical roles.”

Alphabet, Google’s parent company, will report earnings on July 25. A number of tech companies have announced plans to slow hiring or lay off workers in recent weeks, including Apple, Meta, Microsoft, and TikTok.

Google Will Institute a Two-Week Hiring Freeze As More Tech Companies Slow Operations