Uber Technologies announced on Wednesday that it would be reducing its recruitment division workforce by 200 employees as part of its efforts to maintain a consistent staff count throughout the year and optimize expenses.
The cuts affect less than 1 percent of Uber’s 32,700 employees worldwide and come as the ride-hailing company laid off 150 workers in its cargo services division earlier this year.
The latest cuts cover 35 percent of Uber’s recruiting team, according to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the development earlier in the day.
Uber cut its workforce by 17 percent when the pandemic began in mid-2020 and has implemented smaller cuts than main rival Lyft in recent months.
Led by new CEO David Risher, Lyft laid off about 26 percent of its entire workforce in April and about 700 workers late last year as it struggled to protect margins while competing for more market share from larger rival Uber.
Uber said in May that it was on track to break even this year and that it would keep its workforce intact after headcount fell from the previous quarter.