Airbnb Inc is shedding 25% of its workforce, or practically 1,900 staff, the house rental startup mentioned on Tuesday, because the Covid-19 pandemic brings world journey to a close to standstill.
“Airbnb’s enterprise has been hit exhausting, with income this yr forecasted to be lower than half of what we earned in 2019,” founder Brian Chesky mentioned in a memo to staff.
Reuters reported in regards to the transfer earlier on Tuesday. The laid off staff in america will get 14 weeks of base pay plus one extra week for yearly at Airbnb, the corporate mentioned.
With tens of millions of vacationers cancelling plans for holidays, work journeys and household visits, Airbnb earlier this yr mentioned it was allocating $250 million to assist offset losses incurred by hosts.
In late March, it suspended its advertising actions to save lots of $800 million in 2020 and knowledgeable staff that its founders will take no wage for the subsequent six months whereas high executives would take a 50% minimize.
Final month, Airbnb mentioned personal fairness companies Silver Lake and Sixth Avenue Companions would make investments $1 billion within the startup, elevating its money reserves to round $four billion.
The fund could be used to draw extra hosts or owners who record their properties for hire on its platform, Airbnb had mentioned.