Spotify wipes vacancies from global jobs board as hiring freeze hits after 500+ layoffs

On Monday (January 23), Spotify CEO Daniel Ek revealed in a memo to employees that the corporate can be lowering its international workforce by 6%.

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 impression of a slowdown in advertisements would insulate us”.

He added: “In hindsight, I used to be too formidable in investing forward of our income progress. And because of this, at the moment, we’re lowering our worker base by about 6% throughout the corporate. I take full accountability for the strikes that bought us right here at the moment.”

The corporate’s share worth rose 2.1% on the again of the announcement.

Information of the layoffs arrived three months after 38 podcast workers’ jobs have been lower at SPOT, originally 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 lowering 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 carried out a right away hiring freeze, wiping all positions, aside from 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 just 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 season internships.

Ek additionally introduced an organizational restructuring this week, that can see Alex Norström, at the moment Chief Freemium Enterprise Officer, and Gustav Söderström, at the moment Chief Analysis & Growth Officer, every tackle extra 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.”

Daniel Ek

Ek added:  “Whereas we’ve made nice progress in enhancing pace in the previous couple of years, we haven’t centered as a lot on enhancing effectivity. We nonetheless spend far an excessive amount of time syncing on barely totally different methods, which slows us down.

“And in a difficult financial atmosphere, effectivity takes on higher 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 development of layoffs within the expertise sector and components of the music enterprise.

In August, music streaming platform and Spotify rival SoundCloud began the method of lowering its personal international workforce by roughly 20%

Additionally in August, US-based assortment society BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc) was reported to be shedding “slightly below 10%” of its whole workforce.

A variety of silicon valley giants have additionally diminished their workforces in current months.

On Friday, Alphabet, guardian firm to Google was revealed to be slicing 12,000 roles (round 6% of its workforce).

Final week additionally noticed Microsoft announce 10,000 job cuts.

In the meantime, Fb guardian Meta introduced 11,000 job cuts in November, and Amazon introduced 18,000 cuts in January.

Layoffs as a cost-saving measure are additionally happening in industries past tech, with The Monetary Instances reporting over the weekend that the banking sector is making 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 employees’.


Spotify reported that it added 7 million web Premium subscribers to its consumer base in Q3 2022, taking its whole 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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