Rumours are flying that tomorrow is the day eBay will make the layoffs we’ve been expecting. A figure of 10% of the global workforce has been suggested, though we’re hearing it may be more than that, and that some smaller national offices may be closed down altogether in favour of more centralisation.
Valleywag asks why a website would need 15,000 employees. eBay and PayPal have rather more support staff than your average website, so we might speculate that an overall reduction in staff would hit them hard, so directly impacting already disgruntled sellers. Others have suggested that layoffs are unlikely to affect sellers at all. I guess we’ll find out tomorrw (or not).
If any ex-employees want to get in touch and give us the inside information, particularly on how this will affect eBay users, we’d love to talk to you.