Uber Technologies has announced that it will be reducing its recruitment division by laying off 200 employees, which accounts for approximately 35% of the team. The company is aiming to keep its staff count flat throughout the year and streamline costs, according to Reuters.
The affected recruiters represent less than 1% of Uber's global workforce, which currently stands at 32,700 employees. Earlier this year, the company laid off 150 employees from its freight services division, Uber Freight. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Uber has reduced its workforce by 17%.
Uber's competitor Lyft has also been reducing its workforce in recent months. In April, Lyft laid off 1,072 employees, approximately a quarter of its staff, and an additional 700 employees were let go the previous year.