The coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on Uber, and other technologies. After announcing a 14% cut in its workforce two weeks ago, the company will lay off another 3,000 workers. According to The Wall Street Journal, Uber sent an email to his employees advising them of the decision.
The company’s president, Dara Khosrowshahi, also confirmed that it will close 45 offices and plans to move its Asian headquarters out of Singapore. The decision comes after a lockdown that has taken its toll on Uber, Airbnb and other companies.
“I knew I had to make a difficult decision, not because we are a public company or to protect the stock price,” Khosrowshahi said in the mail sent to his employees. “I had to make this decision because our future as an essential service for the world’s cities, our being there for millions of people and companies who trust us, demands it.”
The layoff and closure of offices will cost Uber just over $225 million. The company said it will reduce the size of its non-essential businesses. The ideas incubator and its artificial intelligence lab will close, while it seeks alternatives to UberWorks, a platform that connects temporary workers with employers.