• Spotify said on Monday it planned to reduce the number of employees by around 6%.
  • CEO Daniel Ek said one-on-one conversations with impacted workers would take place.
  • Ek said he took full responsibility for the layoffs.

Spotify on Monday announced plans to lay off around 6% of its global workforce in an effort to reduce costs and become more efficient.

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek said in a blog post that the company had made a “difficult but necessary decision” to cut some roles. Ek said he took full responsibility for the layoffs.

“Over the next several hours, one-on-one conversations will take place with all impacted employees,” Ek wrote.

Spotify said in October during its third-quarter earnings report that the company had 9,808 full-time employees globally. Based on that figure, a workforce reduction of around 6% would equate to around 588 workers losing their jobs.

Ek added that the music-streaming service had attempted to rein in costs over the past few months, but that “simply hasn’t been enough.”

Ek said he tried to “sustain the strong tailwinds from the pandemic” but he was “too ambitious in investing ahead of our revenue growth.” The restructuring will help Spotify to be more efficient, control finances, and make faster decisions, he said.

A Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Monday said Spotify estimated the layoffs would result in around €35 to €45 million ($38 million to $49 million), in severance-related charges.

In addition to the layoffs, Dawn Ostroff, chief content and advertising business officer, is set to leave Spotify, Ek said. Ostroff will become a senior advisor during this transition, he added. Alex Norström, who is currently chief freemium business officer, is expected to take over content, advertising, and licensing work from now on, Ek said.

Spotify’s announcement comes as other major tech companies, including Google, Meta, and Twitter, cut jobs in an effort to slash costs.

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