Uber is cutting 25% of its workforce in the country, it said on Tuesday
The job cuts, is part of the company’s global restructuring that eliminated 6,700 jobs this month.
The impact of Covid-19 and the unpredictable nature of the recovery has left Uber India with no choice but to reduce the size of its workforce. Around 600 full time positions across driver and rider support, as well as other functions, are being impacted. These reductions are part of previously announced global job cuts this month. Today is an incredibly sad day for colleagues leaving the Uber family and all of us at the company. We made the decision now so that we can look to the future with confidence,”
said Pradeep Parameswaran, President for Uber’s India and South Asia businesses, in a statement shared through a spokesperson.
“I want to apologise to departing colleagues and extend my heartfelt thanks to them for their contributions to Uber, the riders, and the driver partners we serve in India,” he added.
Uber’s announcement follows a similar cost cutting measures enforced by its local rival Ola, which eliminated 1,400 jobs, or 35% of its workforce last week.
The American giant, which claimed to be the top cab hailing service in India earlier this year, said it was providing 10 to 12 weeks of salary to the employees who were being let go, in addition to offering them medical insurance for the next six months.
As in most other parts of the world, the Covid-19 outbreak has disrupted several industries in India including food delivery, hospitality and travel.
The impact on the food industry as been severe in india as businesses has been forced to lay off staffs to continue operating amid the pandemic.
Food delivery startups Swiggy and Zomato have also cut down a total of 2600 jobs
India announced a lockdown in late March that shut down all public transportation services across the country. In recent weeks, New Delhi has eased some restrictions which has enabled businesses like Ola and Uber to commence business.