The news: The latest spate of layoffs reveals continued restructuring in tech and adjacent industries.
Tech layoff picture: Tech companies have laid off more than 100,000 global workers to date in 2023, per Layoffs.fyi. A total of 159,684 tech employees were laid off in all of 2022.
- Yahoo let more than 20% of its staff go as it shrinks its advertising business, per Axios. Job cuts will affect more than 50% of Yahoo's ad tech employees, estimated at more than 1,600 people.
- Twilio announced it was cutting 17% of its workforce, or about 1,500 jobs. The cloud communications software company previously laid off 11% of its employees in September, per CNBC.
- Microsoft-owned social media network LinkedIn cut staff from its recruiting department Monday.
- Ford, which is in the middle of an EV pivot, is laying off 3,800 employees in engineering and administration, signifying more possible layoffs in automotive and EV sectors.
- Meta is reportedly considering a fresh round of layoffs in March as a continuation of its “year of efficiency,” per TechCrunch.
Big tech is still growing … While layoffs are expected to continue, ostensibly to regulate staffing to pre-pandemic levels, Big Tech companies still have headcounts that are well above pre-pandemic levels, per Insider.
… But it might not be the ideal destination anymore: “Demand has just shifted from the Big Tech industries to smaller companies, as well as other industries like education, health care, government, [and] financial services,” Megan Slabinski, a Bay Area district president of tech at staffing firm Robert Half, told Fortune.
Opportunities in farm-tech: Behemoth agricultural and construction equipment manufacturers are on a mission to hire Silicon Valley tech workers, per Reuters.
- Illinois-based Deere & Co., the world's largest tractor maker, is eager to add tech workers to its payrolls as it expands into autonomous tractors, mining trucks, and other smart farming technology.
- Deere and its competitors are opening new offices in city centers like Austin and Chicago. They are also seeking to transform their industry using AI and automation.
- While it has traditionally been difficult for farm-tech companies to compete with Silicon Valley compensation packages, they now have their choice of tech and engineering talent.
The good news: Tech expertise has long been coveted by other industries. Recent layoffs will make these industries attractive to workers eager to continue innovating outside of tech hubs.