Spotify is latest big tech company to slash jobs

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Spotify said Monday it will lay off 6% of the music streaming company’s workforce, making it the latest big technology company to announce a sizable reduction in payrolls as the US economy slows.

Tech giants including Google-parent Alphabet, Amazon, Meta and Microsoft have moved to slash jobs in recent months ahead of a possible recession. In January alone, industry players have cut roughly 50,000 jobs, reversing a hiring spree that emerged during the pandemic as millions of Americans moved their lives online.

Spotify has roughly 9,800 workers, so the layoff will eliminate nearly 600 jobs.

“We still spend far too much time syncing on slightly different strategies, which slows us down,” CEO Daniel Elk said in a note to employees posted on Spotify’s website. “And in a challenging economic environment, efficiency takes on greater importance. So, in an effort to drive more efficiency, control costs and speed up decision-making, I have decided to restructure our organization.”

Dawn Ostroff, Spotify’s chief content office, is also leaving the company as part of the shakeup, Elk said.

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