Sea e-commerce arm Shopee cuts jobs in third round of layoffs this year, including in Singapore

E-COMMERCE giant Shopee on Monday (Nov 14) started another round of layoffs, which affected some people in Singapore, in yet another round of job woes as its parent Sea Limited struggles towards profitability.

This is at least the third round of job cuts Shopee has made this year, following its most recent layoffs in September.

Unlike the previous rounds, sources told The Straits Times that the latest exercise was subdued and not many people had known about it, although there had been rumours earlier that there were plans to let people go.

Teams affected this time round included those in human resources and from learning and development, according to sources and posts on professional networking platform LinkedIn.

One of those who was affected was Angelica Pasiola, who identified herself as a multimedia artist at the firm. In a LinkedIn post, she said that she arrived in the office at around 9am and received the news when she was about to start work on one of her projects.

“That’s when I got the news, we had an urgent meeting and we were told that there will be another round of layoffs today and some of us will be affected,” she said, adding that the news had hit her harder when she learnt that her entire team had been affected.

The past few months had not been easy for her, Pasiola wrote, adding that she had always felt uneasy since the previous round of layoffs.

When she read the e-mail on Monday morning, she felt “surreal” and “numb”, but added that she understood that things have not been easy for companies because of the poor macroeconomic conditions.

Another LinkedIn user, Eunice Aw, also posted on the platform and said most of her colleagues were affected by the layoffs.

It is unclear how many people here were affected by the latest job cuts. ST has contacted Shopee for comment.

In June, the e-commerce firm rescinded dozens of job offers, including positions at its headquarters in Singapore.

That same month, it also laid off workers in its food delivery arm ShopeeFood and online payment ShopeePay teams in Southeast Asia, and also part of its teams in Mexico, Argentina, and Chile.

In September, it axed more employees, including those in Singapore. Employees were informed that cuts would be made in human resources, regional operations, marketing, product and engineering teams.

Other tech giants, such as Meta and Twitter, have also slashed jobs in the past few months. About 11,000 workers globally were affected by the round of job cuts at Meta last Thursday. THE STRAITS TIMES