WASHINGTON: Uber said on Wednesday (May 6) it was cutting 3,700 jobs amid a huge slump in its ride-hailing operations during the pandemic.
The cuts amount to around 14 per cent of Uber’s global workforce, which does not include its contract drivers.
The company made the announcement in a regulatory filing, which also said chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi would waive his base salary for the remainder of the year.
The move comes a day ahead of Uber’s earnings report, and follows a 17 per cent staff cut by its US rival Lyft.
“Today’s cost-cutting move ahead of tomorrow’s earnings is a painful, but unfortunately a necessary, move for Dara & co. to make in this unprecedented COVID-19 environment,” said Daniel Ives at Wedbush Securities.
“On the other side of this dark valley, the Uber business model will likely look a lot different for the next few years (at least) and the company must rationalize costs and a smaller operation to focus on attaining profitability in this ‘new normal’ backdrop.”