Netflix confirms it’s laying off an additional 300 employees [Update]

Netflix cut 150 employees and contractors earlier this year, and a bigger round of layoffs is now underway

Netflix's Reed Hastings

Earlier this week, Variety reported that Netflix would be laying off another 150-odd employees.

Now, the streamer has confirmed that it has cut 300 jobs. These are “multiple business functions in the company,” per Variety, and primarily pertain to U.S.-based employees.

“Today we sadly let go of around 300 employees,” a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement to Variety. “While we continue to invest significantly in the business, we made these adjustments so that our costs are growing in line with our slower revenue growth. We are so grateful for everything they have done for Netflix and are working hard to support them through this difficult transition.”

Original story below:

In May, Netflix laid off around 150 employees and contractors amid a slump in business.

Now, the company is expected to do so again, according to Variety. Citing sources, the entertainment outlet reports that Netflix is preparing cuts “similar in size to the round of reductions” made last month. At the time, Netflix confirmed that more layoffs would come in 2022. Overall, Netflix has a global workforce of around 11,000 staffers.

The layoffs come as Netflix contends with a loss of 200,000 subscribers earlier this year, which has led its stock value to plummet. While it attributed this to the suspension of business in Russia, it’s easy to see how an ever-evolving streaming market, including increased competition from the likes of Disney (Disney+) and Warner Bros. (HBO Max), has also hit Netflix.

To help mitigate losses, Netflix is planning to launch a paywall on password sharing and a lower-cost, ad-supported membership option.

Source: Variety