LinkedIn, the professional social network owned by Microsoft, confirmed significant staff reductions on Monday, affecting nearly 700 employees. The cuts primarily target LinkedIn’s engineering organization, with some also occurring in the finance and human resources divisions. This news arrives amid an ongoing slowdown in year-over-year revenue growth for LinkedIn over eight consecutive quarters.
In the second quarter of this year, LinkedIn’s revenue grew by just 5%, a notable decline compared to previous periods. While the platform has experienced continuous membership growth over the past two years, revenue growth has not kept pace.
In an internal memo, LinkedIn executives Mohak Shroff and Tomer Cohen stated, “As we continue to execute on our FY24 plan, we need to also evolve how we work and what we prioritize so we can deliver on the key initiatives we’ve identified that will have an outsized impact in achieving our business goals.” They emphasized the need to adapt organizational structures to enhance agility, accountability, and operational efficiency, with a focus on reducing layering within the company.
Microsoft had previously announced employee cuts, including 10,000 in January and additional reductions in July, as part of broader efforts to optimize its operations amid slower revenue growth. The most recent layoffs are in addition to the 10,000 jobs cut earlier this year.
The decision to reduce staff comes as LinkedIn reallocates its focus, aiming to streamline decision-making processes while maintaining investments in strategic priorities for the future. The company expressed its commitment to supporting affected employees during this transition, ensuring that they are treated with care and respect.
Notably, while LinkedIn is reducing its workforce in some areas, it is actively increasing hiring efforts in India, according to insider information.
In response to these changes, LinkedIn stated in a blog post, “While we are adapting our organizational structures and streamlining our decision making, we are continuing to invest in strategic priorities for our future and to ensure we continue to deliver value for our members and customers.”
The internal memo outlining these changes underscores the challenging nature of the decision but emphasizes the need to align resources with the company’s vision, mission, and values, as well as to support employees through the transition.
LinkedIn is just one of several technology companies reassessing their workforce and strategic priorities as they navigate the evolving business landscape.