Booking.com looking to lay off 25% of its 17,000 staff worldwide

Travel site Booking.com is looking to lay off up to 25% of all its workers.

The online agency has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

The company employs more than 17,000 people – 5,500 of them at its Amsterdam HQ.

Details of the job losses in which departments and countries will be made clearer in a few weeks, said the company.

Chief Executive Glenn Fogel sent a 15 minutes video to all staff.

He told them:

“In my heart, I hoped this wouldn’t happen.

“However, nothing can mitigate the impact this crisis has had and will continue to have for both the travel industry and our business.”

A global shutdown of the travel industry has seen bookings on the site drop by 85%.

A Booking.com worker in Manchester said:

“There’s been a lot of talk about what might happen given bookings are falling through the floor.

“So, I guess job losses won’t come as a surprise to many.

“It’s now a waiting game to find out which departments and in which countries the axe will fall.”

 

 


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Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.



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