Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Could Three Quarters of eBay UK Staff Get the Axe?

Techcrunch UK is reporting; "eBay UK has today put three quarters of their UK staff on notice for redundancy, according to my sources. Although a spokesperson for eBay UK, which employs around 100 people, told The Times that “some people’s roles are at risk of redundancy” and would not say how many jobs or which departments are most at risk, my sources paint a black picture of what’s going on inside the UK office."

I can't imagine that eBay execs would make such a huge cut in the staff that manages the third largest eBay Marketplace, but these are strange times. Maybe John Donahoe needs to thin out the Senior Executive ranks because soon they won't have anybody below them to manage.

Just my 15%


Anonymous said...

Randy, Maybe you better correct this statement: "Maybe John Donahoe needs to thin out the Senior Executive ranks because soon they won't have anybody blow them to manage."

I think you meant "below" them.


Chris @ TameBay said...

I'd say Tech Crunch has a great opening line but has over estimated the percentage by a fair margin.

Anonymous said...

Now we get promotions on our knees?

Randy Smythe said...

Chris, yeah 3/4 can't be correct.

Ken, thanks for the catch, must have been a Freudian slip.

ms.pat said...

Well, all I can say is that woke me up better than my morning coffee ever did!!! :-)

Anonymous said...

Donohoe said that they are centralizing eBay, so I bet that means that eBay is going to try to control the international eBay markets from San Jose. It seemed to work so well in China, so why not roll it out for the rest of the world?

Randy Smythe said...

Here are some quick notes on the layoffs, but look for a more in-depth post.

75% of staff in Germany will be laid off and Satellite office in other countries closed.

eBay's International business will be run from the UK. The point made in the TechCruch article is complicated and I will explain in the post.

ms.pat said...

Well....looks to me like Ebay is in trouble.

Anonymous said...

Hard financial times worldwide mean that all companies need to be rationalising all their operations.

Its far better to sweep the broom hard just once or twice and then go forward, rather than constantly trying to to keep up with an ever deepening crisis.

ebay as we know it is ding, but the emerging pheonix should be stronger to cope with the constant problems that have dogged the company over the past two years.


Gaz said...


Remember the UK is a different country to Ireland. Before the Irish Support Centre for UK & IE opened, eBay had 200 staff in the UK.

Lately, the bulk of the staff have been in Ireland, not the UK, so if UK is currently 100 staff, and the plot is to centralise "British Isles eBay" in Dublin ... well, maybe 75% of the London staff don't want to relocate? Just a thought.

75% to go in Germany hmm? Wonder if the top exec who wanted a copy of your passport when using PayPal is in the 25% or the 75% - LOL


Egotrip said...

Hey Randy big fan of your blog, on a side note, every time I type your site myblogutopia.com I end up on a go daddy landing page, I have to type www.myblogutopia.com in order to land on your page. Not sure if you know that, but I just thought I would let you know. Keep up the good work!


Randy Smythe said...

Thanks Nick,

I'm trying to figure out why that is happening. Not getting very far. I setup the domain stuff myself and must have missed a setting somewhere.