After Firing Thousands Of Employees, Facebook, Amazon Will Hire Thousands Of Low-Paid H1B Employees: What's The Reason?


Sheetal Bhalerao

Sheetal Bhalerao

May 19, 2023


During the times when several global tech giants are carrying out mass layoffs, top Silicon Valley companies are reportedly looking to hire lower-paid tech workers from foreign countries. 

After Firing Thousands Of Employees, Facebook, Amazon Will Hire Thousands Of Low-Paid H1B Employees: What's The Reason?

Technical Companies Hiring Lower-paid Tech Workers

This year, Technology majors like Google, Meta, Amazon, Microsoft, Zoom, Salesforce and Palantir have applied for thousands of H1B worker visas, as per the US Department of Labor data, reported by independent investigative journalist Lee Fang.

At the same time, thousands of workers on H1B visas, including Indians, have been affected by the layoffs in the United States.

Several of them approached social media to share the news and seek new opportunities.

Further, the report states that the company filed applications for H1B visas to hire software engineers, analytical consultants, user experience researchers and other roles from outside the United States, with several requests aimed for new Google employees to join in August just a month after Sundar Pichai announced Google’s plan to cut 12,000 jobs around the world in January.

Similarly, Google parent Alphabet owned Waymo also has filed H1B applications to hire engineers reportedly.

More Hiring In Key Strategic Area

Following the footsteps, Meta has laid off nearly 25 per cent of its estimated workforce in just a few months in what CEO Mark Zuckerberg has called the company’s “year of efficiency” as the US tech sector continues to downsize.

Not far behind, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy also laid out a plan to cut 9,000 more jobs from the online retail giant’s workforce in March, following the 18,000 that were axed in January.

These numbers account for a smaller percentage of Amazon’s total workforce as it ran up to 1.5 million people in December 2022, than the cuts seen at some other tech giants.

While talking on the subject, Jassy told workers that the extra layoffs were necessary as the company plans to downsize after years of hiring.

Especially during the coronavirus pandemic when people turned to the internet for shopping.

Earlier, Microsoft said it would eliminate 10,000 jobs in January which is almost 5 percent of the global workforce, as it braces for a potential recession. 

The CEO Satya Nadella said, “While we are eliminating roles in some areas, we will continue to hire in key strategic areas,” in an email to employees.


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