Ebay lays off 500 employees

Hours after Zoom announced it would cut 1,300 jobs on Tuesday, another marquee San Jose tech company, eBay, said it would lay off 500 employees globally, or around 4% of its total workforce.

The CEO of the online auction site, Jamie Iannone, made the announcement in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday, his company just the latest to slash jobs and expenses as companies, particularly those in tech, brace for economic headwinds.

“To create long-term, sustainable growth for eBay, we need to evolve our organization as we take the next step in our strategy — focused on driving growth, building a trusted marketplace, empowering enthusiasts and seeding new technologies for the future,” Iannone wrote in a memo to employees.

He said the layoffs were a result of those factors, and should give “us additional space to invest and create new roles in high-potential areas — new technologies, customer innovations and key markets — and to continue to adapt and flex with the changing macro, ecommerce and technology landscape.”

The CEO said the cuts would take place during the next 24 hours, adding that, “In some locations, the notifications are proposals subject to consultation as required by applicable law.”

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