SINGAPORE: Ride-hailing and payments firm Grab announced on Tuesday (Jun 16) that it has retrenched about 360 employees, or 5 per cent of its headcount, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
In a note to employees, CEO and co-founder Anthony Tan said that this is Grab's "last organisation-wide layoff" this year.
"Please know that we did not come to this decision lightly. We tried everything possible to avoid this but had to accept that the difficult cuts we are making today are required, because millions depend on us for a living in this new normal," said Mr Tan.
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"We are truly sorry for whats happening today. To those who are impacted, we owe you an explanation," he said.
Over the past few months, Grab has reviewed all costs, cut back on discretionary spending and reduced the salaries for senior management, said Mr Tan.
With an expected recession ahead, he added, there was a need for Grab to prepare for a "long recovery period" and become leaner as an organisation.
Moving forward, Grab will halt certain non-core projects, consolidate functions for greater efficiency and right-size some teams.
"I assure you that this will be the last organisation-wide layoff this year and I am confident as we execute against our refreshed plans to meet our targets, we will not have to go through this painful exercise again in the foreseeable future," said Mr Tan.
Affected employees were informed via email by 1pm on Tuesday.
The retrenchment benefits include a severance payment of half a month for every six months of completed service.
They will also receive an enhanced separation payment, worth aRead More – Source