Apple, like many companies around the world, has been feeling the impact of the global economic slowdown caused by the pandemic. However, the tech giant has been making efforts to avoid mass layoffs of its employees. In a bid to streamline its corporate retail teams, Apple is cutting some positions from its “development and preservation teams”, responsible for building its stores and facilities worldwide.
Although Apple has described the move as a “streamlining effort,” the affected employees will have the chance to reapply for other jobs at the company. Those who are unable to find a new role within the firm will receive up to four months of pay as compensation.
Apple has reportedly laid off hundreds of contractors this year, but this is the first time the company has eliminated roles from its corporate retail teams since a “belt-tightening effort” last year.
The number of positions being cut is said to be “very small” but nonetheless highlights that even Apple is not immune to the economic impact of the pandemic. It remains to be seen whether Apple will be able to avoid larger-scale layoffs in the future.