Spotify to cut 6% of jobs, content head to depart

Spotify to cut 6% of jobs, content head to depart

Jan 23 (Reuters) – Spotify Technology SA (SPOT.N) stated on Monday it plans to cut 6% of its workforce and would take a associated cost of up to practically $50 million, that might add to the huge layoffs within the know-how sector in preparation for a attainable recession.

The tech business is going through a requirement downturn after two years of pandemic-powered development throughout which it had employed aggressively. That has led corporations from Meta Platforms Inc (META.O) to Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) to shed hundreds of jobs.

“Over the previous few months we have made a substantial effort to rein in prices, however it merely hasn’t been sufficient,” Chief Executive Daniel Elk stated in a weblog put up asserting the roughly 600 job cuts.

“I used to be too formidable in investing forward of our income development,” he added, echoing a sentiment voiced by different tech bosses in latest months.

Spotify’s working expenditure grew at twice the velocity of its income final 12 months because the audio-streaming firm aggressively poured cash into its podcast enterprise, which is extra enticing for advertisers due to larger engagement ranges.

At the identical time, companies pulled again on advert spending on the platform, mirroring a development seen at Meta and Google mother or father Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O), as fast rate of interest hikes and the fallout from the Russia-Ukraine struggle pressured the financial system.

The firm, whose shares rose greater than 3% in premarket buying and selling, is now restructuring itself in a bid to cut prices and modify to the deteriorating financial image.

It stated Dawn Ostroff, the head of content and promoting, was leaving after an over four-year stint on the firm. Ostroff helped form Spotify’s podcast enterprise and guided it via backlash round Joe Rogan’s present for allegedly spreading misinformation about COVID-19.

The firm stated it’s appointing Alex Norström, head of the freemium enterprise, and analysis and improvement boss Gustav Söderström as co-presidents.

Spotify had about 9,800 full-time staff as of Sept. 30.

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Reporting by Eva Mathews in Bengaluru; Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips and Shailesh Kuber

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