Ek wrote that “like many different leaders” he had “hoped to maintain the sturdy tailwinds from the pandemic and believed that our broad international enterprise and decrease threat to the affect of a slowdown in adverts would insulate us”.
He added: “In hindsight, I used to be too bold in investing forward of our income progress. And because of this, in the present day, we’re decreasing our worker base by about 6% throughout the corporate. I take full accountability for the strikes that obtained us right here in the present day.”
The corporate’s share value rose 2.1% on the again of the announcement.
Information of the layoffs arrived three months after 38 podcast workers’ jobs have been reduce at SPOT, at first of October, throughout the corporate’s Gimlet and Parcast studios.
In SPOT’s Q3 earnings announcement, which arrived on October 25, the corporate said that it was decreasing its forecasted hiring for the rest of 2022 and deliberate to “develop headcount extra slowly in 2023”, citing “the unsure macroeconomic atmosphere”.
Along with the now confirmed 500-plus layoffs, it might seem that Spotify has additionally applied a right away hiring freeze, wiping all positions, other than internships, from its official jobs board.
Utilizing the trusty ‘Wayback Machine’, we will see that Spotify was recruiting for a complete of 98 roles globally as lately as January 14, 2023, together with 25 in New York, 15 in Los Angeles and 12 in London.
Again in June 2022, SPOT had 541 vacancies listed for its firm worldwide, together with 278 in New York and 79 in Stockholm
Now, there are simply 21 roles marketed on the firm globally, and all of them are Summer time internships.
Ek additionally introduced an organizational restructuring this week, that may see Alex Norström, at the moment Chief Freemium Enterprise Officer, and Gustav Söderström, at the moment Chief Analysis & Growth Officer, every tackle further obligations and be appointed as co-Presidents of the corporate.
Daybreak Ostroff, Chief Content material & Promoting Enterprise Officer, is exiting the corporate.
“in an effort to drive extra effectivity, management prices, and pace up decision-making, I’ve determined to restructure our group.”
Ek added: “Whereas we have now made nice progress in enhancing pace in the previous few years, we haven’t centered as a lot on enhancing effectivity. We nonetheless spend far an excessive amount of time syncing on barely completely different methods, which slows us down.
“And in a difficult financial atmosphere, effectivity takes on better significance. So, in an effort to drive extra effectivity, management prices, and pace up decision-making, I’ve determined to restructure our group.
Spotify’s job cuts kind a part of a wider pattern of layoffs within the know-how sector and components of the music enterprise.
Plenty of silicon valley giants have additionally lowered their workforces in latest months.
Final week additionally noticed Microsoft announce 10,000 job cuts.
Layoffs as a cost-saving measure are additionally going down in industries past tech, with The Monetary Instances reporting over the weekend that the banking sector is getting ready for its ‘deepest job cuts for the reason that monetary disaster’, with the likes of ‘Credit score Suisse, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley already shedding workers’.
Spotify reported that it added 7 million web Premium subscribers to its consumer base in Q3 2022, taking its complete international paying subs viewers to 195 million.
By way of funds, Spotify generated EUR €3.036 billion (USD $3.06bn) in quarterly revenues in Q3, up +12% YoY at fixed forex. Subscriber/Premium revenues weighed in at €2.651 billion ($2.70bn) in Q3, up +13% YoY at fixed forex.
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