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Didi weighs job cuts in support functions, report says
Reuters | 2019/2/1

BEIJING -- Ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing is looking at cutting headcount in some departments by up to 20 percent, while adding jobs in other areas, such as engineering, news website   The Information   reported, citing a source.

The layoffs could take place mostly in support services like marketing and human resources, it reported on Wednesday, adding that a final decision has not yet been made. The company employs over 10,000 people globally.

A spokeswoman for Didi, whose backers include U.S. rival Uber Technologies Inc., Apple Inc. and Japan's SoftBank Group Corp., declined to comment on the report.

A person familiar with the matter told Reuters that an organizational overhaul was underway and that Didi plans to hire more engineers experienced in safety and driver engagement.

The company will also offer incentives to employees to move to areas such as safety, product enhancement and driver engagement, the source said, without specifying if there would be job cuts. The person declined to be named as the talks were still ongoing.

The move will only affect its China business and not its international operations, the source added.

Didi has been working to address public and government concerns over safety after a passenger was raped and killed by a driver in August last year, about three months after another Didi user was murdered.

In December, Didi created new positions including that of chief safety officer at the top of its management ranks.

The company was last valued at more than $65 billion after its 2018 funding round, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

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