Home Google lays off hundreds and moves some ‘core’ jobs to out of US

Google lays off hundreds and moves some ‘core’ jobs to out of US


  • Google's "Core" team saw over 200 layoffs in April, with some roles moved to India and Mexico.
  • The Core team oversees Google's flagship products, online safety, and IT infrastructure.
  • Layoffs follow a previous round; email cited intent to expand in global workforce locations.

Google’s “Core” team was subject to at least 200 layoffs late in April, with reorganization and restructuring that has moved some of those roles to India and Mexico.

According to information on Google’s website, the Core team is responsible for the technical foundation of Google’s flagship products, as well as users’ online safety. They also maintain Google’s global IT infrastructure and create internal tooling for other Google staff.

An email and other internal documents seen by CNBC show that at least 50 of the laid-off positions were engineering roles based in the company’s California offices and that many Core teams will rehire for roles in Mexico and India.

This comes just a month after a previous round of layoffs where hundreds of Google staff lost their jobs in a cost-cutting exercise.

What did the email say?

An email that Vice President of Google Developer Ecosystem Asim Husain sent to his team last week stated: “We intend to maintain our current global footprint while also expanding in high-growth global workforce locations so that we can operate closer to our partners and developer communities.”

Husain also said in a town hall that this was the biggest batch of redundancies expected to hit the Core team this year.

The comments from Husain about building a global workforce ring true with previous statements made by high-ups in the tech giant.

In mid-April, CFO Ruth Porat stated intentions to restructure, moving positions to Bangalore and Mexico City, with layoffs as part of that. In March, the senior vice president of Search Prabhakar Raghavan said that Google had plans to build teams in more key markets including India and Brazil.

The layoffs and restructuring seem set to continue despite a successful first quarter for Google’s parent company Alphabet, which reported a 13% spike in holdings, plus its first-ever dividend.

Featured image: generated with Ideogram

About ReadWrite’s Editorial Process

The ReadWrite Editorial policy involves closely monitoring the tech industry for major developments, new product launches, AI breakthroughs, video game releases and other newsworthy events. Editors assign relevant stories to staff writers or freelance contributors with expertise in each particular topic area. Before publication, articles go through a rigorous round of editing for accuracy, clarity, and to ensure adherence to ReadWrite's style guidelines.

Ali Rees
Tech journalist

Ali Rees is a freelance writer based in the UK. They have worked as a data and analytics consultant, a software tester, and a digital marketing and SEO specialist. They have been a keen gamer and tech enthusiast since their childhood in are currently the Gaming and Tech editor at Brig Newspaper. They also have a Substack where they review short video games. During the pandemic, Ali turned their hand to live streaming and is a fan of Twitch. When not writing, Ali enjoys playing video and board games, live music, and reading. They have two cats and both of…

Get the biggest tech headlines of the day delivered to your inbox

    By signing up, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy. Unsubscribe anytime.

    Tech News

    Explore the latest in tech with our Tech News. We cut through the noise for concise, relevant updates, keeping you informed about the rapidly evolving tech landscape with curated content that separates signal from noise.

    In-Depth Tech Stories

    Explore tech impact in In-Depth Stories. Narrative data journalism offers comprehensive analyses, revealing stories behind data. Understand industry trends for a deeper perspective on tech's intricate relationships with society.

    Expert Reviews

    Empower decisions with Expert Reviews, merging industry expertise and insightful analysis. Delve into tech intricacies, get the best deals, and stay ahead with our trustworthy guide to navigating the ever-changing tech market.