E-commerce major eBay has laid off about 100 employees at its technology centre in Bengaluru and is shifting work to other global centres.
In his run-up to presidential polls, president-elect Donald Trump had repeatedly remarked about how jobs were being taken up other countries. ““They are taking our jobs. China is taking our jobs. Japan is taking our jobs. India is taking our jobs. It is not going to happen anymore, folks!”
Trump told to thunderous applause from the audience. “Right now, 92 million Americans are on the sidelines, outside the workforce, and not part of our economy. It’s a silent nation of jobless Americans. Under this American System, every policy decision we make must pass a simple test: does it create more jobs and better wages for Americans?”
Is eBay’s decision a reaction to what Trump has been promising the electorate?
When contacted, an eBay India spokesperson said eBay regularly reviews its operational structure as a normal course of business. “Today, we announced some changes to our global product and technology team. As a result, we are reducing our overall technology workforce in Bangalore and shifting work to other global centres around the world,” the spokesperson said.
The Bengaluru centre will now focus on eBay India – dedicated product and development work, the spokesperson further said.
While the company did not disclose the number of people to be impacted by the decision, sources said about 100 people have been laid off. The centre had over 300 people.
“We remain committed to India and will continue to invest in core product and technology development for eBay India,” the spokesperson said adding that there is no other reductions plans in near future.
(With inputs from PTI)