The American company, Booking.com, will fire a quarter of its employees worldwide.
The hotel booking site has its headquarters in Amsterdam. It has 17,500 employees across the world. Out of them, 4000 to 5000 of them will be fired, reports NOS.
“Unfortunately, due to the corona crisis, like many other travel organisations, we have to take the very difficult step of shrinking our global workforce,” said a spokesperson.
One of the biggest employers in Amsterdam
In Amsterdam, there are around 5,500 employees in the head office and 10 other side-offices. The company is one of the largest employers in Amsterdam, and it is currently unknown how many people will be fired. They are in the process of building a new office complex in the city.
The company has been hard-hit by the coronavirus crisis and the lack of tourists. Their number of bookings fell by 85% in April. The company made use of the NOW support package for a wage subsidy, receiving €64.5 million. According to a spokesperson, without the NOW scheme, even more company employees would have suffered from the economic fallout.
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