Apple avoids mass layoffs amid continued downturn with effective pandemic hiring: details

Apple avoids mass layoffs amid continued downturn with effective pandemic hiring: details

Apple avoids mass layoffs amid continued downturn with effective pandemic hiring: details

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There’s a reason Apple is under less pressure than its tech peers to cut jobs during the current downturn: It’s been hiring more efficiently in the first place.


During the industry’s pandemic-fueled hiring spree, Apple added fewer employees than other big tech companies. On top of that, the company generated significantly more revenue per new hire than its peers, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. This more cautious approach is now paying off. Although Apple has frozen hiring in certain areas and is limiting its spending, particularly outside of research and development, it has yet to resort to the massive layoffs underway at, Alphabet’s Google, Meta and d other tech giants.

“This signals a better quality of management at Apple compared to other tech companies that have clearly interpreted signals during the pandemic the wrong way,” said Peter Garnry of Saxo Bank A/S.

The company announced plans to bolster its human resources this week by hiring its first director of human resources. Human resources duties had been overseen by head of retail Deirdre O’Brien in a dual role.

Many tech companies admit to overhiring during the pandemic, betting that lifestyle changes — including remote working, e-commerce spending and video game habits — would bring a bigger boon. Now they face the sequel. Zoom Technologies Inc., one of the biggest beneficiaries of the Covid-19 lockdowns, just announced this week that it was cutting 15% of its jobs.

Apple, meanwhile, was more cautious. Its workforce has only increased by 20% between 2020 and 2022, compared to a 60% gain at Alphabet and a near doubling at Amazon. These two companies then announced playoffs of approximately 30,000 people combined.

Apple also generated significantly more revenue per additional employee during the pandemic years than in the previous three years. That’s a stark contrast to most of its tech peers. However, the headcount cannot fully explain Apple’s advantage over its competitors. The company also generates some of the highest sales per square foot, indicating that its efficiency goes beyond hiring policies.

“Apple is frugal by nature,” said Shannon Cross, an analyst at Credit Suisse Group AG. “It comes down to management’s stewardship of shareholder dollars and a narrow focus on growth opportunities in which to invest.”

© 2022 Bloomberg L.P.

Apple launched the iPad Pro (2022) and iPad (2022) alongside the new Apple TV this week. We discuss the company’s latest products, as well as our iPhone 14 Pro review on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast. Orbital is available on Spotify, Gaana, JioSaavn, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, and wherever you go. get your podcasts.
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