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Epidemic forces Gojek to lay off 430 employees

  • Eisya A. Eloksari

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Fri, June 26 2020   /  01:00 am
Green helmet with Go-Jek logo.(Shutterstock.com/findracadabra )

Indonesian ride-hailing decacorn Gojek announced on Tuesday evening that it would lay off 430 employees, around 9 percent of its total workforce, as the COVID-19 pandemic has battered demand for its lifestyle services. The layoff follows the company’s plan to close down its lifestyle division GoLife, which includes massage and cleaning services, as well as its food court division GoFood Festival, as both saw “significant decrease in demand” during the pandemic, according to the company’s press statement. Gojek, which currently operates in five countries in Southeast Asia, will instead focus on its core business, namely its ride-hailing service, food delivery and e-payment solutions, downsizing its overall structure as part of the company’s long-term plan to adapt to the pandemic. “The biggest challenge is the remaining uncertainties in the...