Google CEO Sundar Pichai has defended Apple’s decision to cancel an all-hands meeting on Monday to discuss its plans to hire 100,000 new employees, saying the decision was made with “an eye to ensuring we’re working with the best people for the job”.
In a statement released to AppleInsider, Mr Pichae said he had not yet been briefed on the details of Apple’s plans to employ 100,00 people in the coming months, but added: “Our focus is on helping Apple build its business and delivering value for customers.”
He said Apple had made “huge strides” in the last few years in terms of improving its employee retention and retention rates and said “Apple has a unique opportunity to drive more innovation in the areas of personalised healthcare, AI and AI-powered computing”.
The statement said Apple’s hiring plans “were aligned with our goal of helping Apple deliver a strong platform for the next decade of innovation and customer growth”.
Apple announced last month that it would lay off more than 10,000 workers worldwide, citing “unprecedented demand” for the company’s products.
The announcement sparked a backlash, with some critics saying the company had already laid off more workers than it has in the past, while others said it was too soon to make a firm estimate.
Apple’s latest statement on Monday said the company was “working closely with our team at Apple, as well as with our suppliers, partners and suppliers around the world to build the right workforce and deliver the best product to the customers”.
“We believe this will allow us to build a company that works for us, rather than a company where our products don’t work,” Mr Pitchai said.
Apple, which has also had to address its privacy policies, said it would now release details of its workforce and its plans for automation to employees, suppliers and contractors.
“We’ll continue to keep everyone on our side, including employees who are transitioning from Apple to another platform, contractors who are part of the transition, and Apple suppliers who are working to create new opportunities,” the statement said.