Spotify is implementing its third round of layoffs this year, cutting approximately 17% of its workforce, as the music streaming giant aims to enhance productivity and efficiency. In a message to employees on Monday, Spotify’s founder and CEO, Daniel Ek, emphasized the importance of right-sizing the workforce to confront upcoming challenges. Ek attributed the job cuts to sluggish economic growth and escalating capital costs, noting that the company had leveraged lower-cost capital in 2020 and 2021 for substantial business investments.
In a published note on the company’s blog, Ek acknowledged the impact on individuals who have contributed significantly, stating, “To be blunt, many smart, talented, and hard-working people will be departing us.” With approximately 10,000 employees at Spotify, the latest layoff wave is expected to affect over 1,500 individuals. Ek mentioned that affected employees would receive notifications later in the day.
This recent round of layoffs follows Spotify’s 6% job cut in June and the elimination of several hundred positions in January. Despite positive earnings reports and performance, Ek addressed the reduction’s size, stating, “I realize that for many, a reduction of this size will feel surprisingly large.” Considering the existing gap, he explained the decision to make substantial cuts as the best option to align operational costs with the financial goals.
The global job market has witnessed significant layoffs this year, affecting over 225,000 employees across various industries. Economic volatility, higher interest rates, and shifting consumer patterns have contributed to these workforce reductions. The tech sector, including companies such as Amazon, Google, Meta, Twitter, and Netflix, is experiencing notable cutbacks, adding to employees’ economic uncertainty.