a US multinational shared transport Uber will fire about 25% of its workforce with the announcement this Monday to kick out 3,000 more employees, apart from the 3,700 announced twelve days ago, and will close 45 of its offices in different parts of the world, according to an email sent this Monday by the firm’s address to its workers.
Restrictions on mobility and social distancing measures decreed in much of the planet in response to the COVID-19 pandemic They have sunk the volume of activity of the company directed by Dara Khosrowshahi.
Last May 6, Uber, which has a staff of about 27,000 people, has already announced that it would lay off 3,700 employees, about 14% of all its workers, to which these 3,000 are now added, about 11%.
In addition to the dismissals, Khosrowshahi has also indicated in his letter, to which Efe had access, that is working to “restructure” the company, focus it on the activities that constitute “the essence” of the company – the transport of people and the delivery of food at home – and abandon other projects.
Although the letter did not specify which are the other projects that Uber will abandon, journalistic information is pointing to the fact that the development of a line of autonomous vehicles and the creation of a freight delivery network It could be two of the affected areas.
With the restructuring and layoffs, Uber has estimated that it will save around a billion dollars annually, which generated illusion among investors and made the company’s shares soar more than 6% to $ 34.48 per share mid-session on Wall Street.
A sector impacted by Covid-19
The global pandemic of COVID-19 it is particularly vicious with the shared transport company, which tripled its losses between January and March and has been forced to withdraw internal projections that aimed to achieve profitability at the end of this year.
In the first three months of 2020, Uber has lost 2,946 million dollars, red numbers three times greater than the 1,016 million that it stopped receiving in the same period last year. In April, at the height of the pandemic in the West, Uber trips plunged 80% year-on-year globally.