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PayPal will lay off 2,000 workers, or 7% of staff

CNN 1/31/2023 Catherine Thorbecke

PayPal said Tuesday it plans to lay off about 2,000 employees, or roughly 7% of its staff, making it the latest tech firm to announce significant job cuts in recent months amid broader economic uncertainty.

In a memo to staff announcing the layoffs, PayPal CEO Dan Schulman referred to the “challenging macro-economic environment” and said the company “must continue to change as our world, our customers, and our competitive landscape evolve.”

Much of the tech industry is cutting costs in response to a shift in pandemic-fueled demand for digital services and economic headwinds, including rising interest rates and fears of a looming recession. In January alone, Microsoft, Google-parent Alphabet and Salesforce each announced plans to cut thousands of workers.

Shares of PayPal are down more than 50% over the past year.

In his memo, Schulman said reductions will occur over the coming weeks and departing workers will be provided with “generous” severance packages.

“I want to express my personal appreciation for the meaningful contributions they have made to PayPal,” Schulman said of the employees being let go.

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