Amid news of edtech company Byju’s having laid off 2,500 employees across its group companies, as reported by Moneycontrol, the company went into damage control and issued a statement saying, it was “optimising” its teams across group companies. It added that the “entire exercise involves less than 500 employees across Byju’s group companies”.
“We strongly deny the misinformation presented by Moneycontrol. To recalibrate our business priorities and accelerate our long-term growth, we are optimizing our teams across our group companies. This entire exercise involves less than 500 employees from across Byju’s group companies,” a company spokesperson said.
According to the Moneycontrol report, Byju’s is looking to cut costs with demand for edtech services moderating after two years of excessive growth.
“Byju’s has laid off full-time and contractual employees from Toppr, WhiteHat Jr, and its core team across sales and marketing, operations, content and design teams,” the Moneycontrol report quoting sources said.
“While on June 27 and June 28, Byju’s laid off over 1,500 employees from Toppr and WhiteHat Jr, the two companies it acquired over the last two years, on June 29, it sent out e-mails to nearly 1,000 employees from its core operations teams,” the Moneycontrol report added, quoting sources.
They have reduced content, solution-writing and design teams drastically across group companies. Some of these teams have even been reduced to zero. Earlier they were laying off employees from the companies they acquired so that their name doesn’t come directly, but now they have laid off employees from its core operations, the Moneycontrol report said further, citing source-based information.
The Moneycontrol report added that Byju’s has laid off about 1,200 employees from Toppr alone. Quoting sources, it said that about 300-350 permanent employees from Toppr were laid off, while another 300 employees were asked to tender their resignations, or were told that they will not get salaries for about 1-1.5 months.
“Moreover, about 600 contractual employees were laid off, whose tenures were scheduled to end around October or November, this year,” it said, quoting sources further.
Top administration cited cost-cutting and redundancy in roles as the reason behind the layoffs, the report added.
“Byju’s is also looking to integrate Toppr’s operations with itself. So, for obvious reasons, other than educators, many roles will become redundant. Only about 100 employees are left at Toppr right now,” the Moneycontrol report went on to add, quoting sources.