GitHub lays off engineering team in India, over 140 employees affected


Open source developer platform GitHub has laid off its entire engineering team in India, its second largest developer community after the US, as part of a “restructuring plan” affecting over 140 employees.

Technical writer Gergely Oroz, who tracks global technical layoffs, particularly among engineering/developer teams, has been let go in one go from the Github team in India.

“We are talking of 100 engineers. This was done because the team was smaller than other locations, owning fewer and less priority items,” he said in a tweet.

Oroz said he confirmed the layoffs after speaking with “(now former) GitHub India engineers.”

Sources later confirmed to IANS that over 140 GitHub India employees, including those from product teams, have been asked to leave.

A GitHub spokesperson told IANS that as part of the restructuring plan shared in February, “the workforce reductions were made today.”

“This was part of difficult but necessary decisions and realizations to protect the health of our business in the short term and give us the ability to invest in our long-term strategy,” a company spokesperson said.

The Microsoft-owned open source developer platform announced in February that it was laying off 10 percent of its workforce by the end of the company’s fiscal year.

GitHub had about 3,000 employees before the layoffs were announced.

GitHub CEO Thomas Dohmke said in an email to employees that sustainable development is essential for every business.

“Today, we are home to 100 million developers, and we must become the developer-first engineering system for tomorrow’s world. We must continue to help our customers grow and thrive with GitHub, their cloud computing platform,” wrote the CEO. The adoption journey should be made faster and simpler.”

“Unfortunately, this will include changes that will result in a reduction of up to 10 percent of GitHub’s workforce by the end of fiscal 2023. The freeze on recruitment that I had announced on January 18 is still in effect.

The open source developer platform has reached 100 million members globally, and is also growing rapidly in India, where it has crossed 10 million developers on the platform.

This makes India the second largest developer community on GitHub after the US.


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