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GoDaddy is laying off 8% of its global workforce as the domain registrar and hosting firm looks to reduce expenses in the face of declining revenue across the technology sector. The reduction, announced Feb. 8, amounts to about 530 employees across GoDaddy’s global workforce of just over 6,600, TechStartups.com reported. GoDaddy, headquartered in Tempe, Arizona, has a customer service and operational support center in Hiawatha. Company officials declined to comment on its local employee headcount, though a company restructuring in June 2020 resulted in the loss of 134 jobs locally. At that time, the company reported 430 jobs in Iowa. GoDaddy didn’t provide a breakdown of headcount reductions by location in its Feb. 8 announcement. In September 2022, GoDaddy confirmed it had listed its Hiawatha office for sale and plans to move its operations to the Armstrong Centre in downtown Cedar Rapids. Less than two months into 2023, more than 321 tech companies have laid off 97,996 tech workers, according to Layoffs.FYI, a site that has been tracking all tech layoffs using data compiled from public reports. Prominent layoffs so far this year include significant cuts at Zoom, Dell, Google, Microsoft and Salesforce. GoDaddy CEO Aman Bhutani sent the following email to GoDaddy employees regarding the layoffs. Team, Today, we are announcing a plan to reduce the size of our global team by about 8%. This will come as difficult news for many valued and respected GoDaddy team members. To start, I want to express my gratitude to those who will be leaving. You played an important part in our journey and helped entrepreneurs around the world achieve their dreams and build successful microbusinesses. Every day, you made a difference for customers and your teammates. While our paths diverge today, I wish you well and hope our paths cross again. Within the next hour, impacted team members will receive a meeting invite from their leadership to learn the details of their transition, aligned with local employment processes. These meetings will mostly happen today, with some taking place tomorrow morning locally. Most impacted roles are in the U.S., affecting multiple levels in the company and every division. The planned impacts also include ongoing work to more deeply integrate three of our brands – Media Temple, Main Street Hub and 123 Reg – into GoDaddy.
- Media Temple customers and team members are already aware of the transition to GoDaddy infrastructure as we work to sunset the brand, and team members will receive a meeting invite today to explain the path forward for them.
- Main Street Hub customers and team members are aware of the continuing transition of Main Street Hub customers to GoDaddy products. As we continue the migration, we will share updates with team members by March 1, 2023.
- 123 Reg will continue as a customer-facing brand and take full advantage of what GoDaddy offers in terms of technology and capabilities. Some roles in 123 Reg may not be required longer-term and we will notify any impacted team members by March 1, 2023.