JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Indonesian ride hailing giant Gojek has joined the growing list of companies worldwide that have felt the pinch from the Covid-19 pandemic, as it deals with the need to reduce its workforce.
The layoffs are expected to take place this week” reported an anonymous source to the Reuters news agency on Tuesday, 23 June. “They are expected to formally announce the move tomorrow on Wednesday, 24 June.”
The source added that the budget reduction will affect the company's GoLife wing, which includes the GoClean and GoMassage services.
Gojek is expected to make the cutbacks prior to finalizing an investment round of more than $3 billion at a valuation of $10 billion by investors Facebook, PayPal, Tencent and Google.
The social media giant and PayPal said they are seeking to integrate their payment platforms on the Gojek application.
Facebook also said its investment in Gojek is aimed at developing local Indonesian businesses and small, micro and medium enterprises.
The ride hailing industry has been hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, with companies like Lyft and Uber laying off their entire work forces.
Gojek’s main rival Grab got off relatively lightly as it reduced five percent or 360 of its personnel in Southeast Asia, including Indonesia.
The company has announced that it will focus on its primary services which include ride-hailing, expedition, digital payments, and financial services.
Gojek is known as Indonesia's premier unicorn, or startup worth a billion dollars.
Founded by current Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim and fellow entrepreneurs Kevin Aluwi and Andre Sulistyo in October 2009, the company has since grown to become a decacorn, or startup worth more than 10 billion dollars.
(Writer: Bill Clinten/ Editor : Yudha Pratomo)
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