Google lays off 100 recruiters

Cutting contractors in the recruitment operation wasn't enough, so Google's own employees got cut as well. Also: adios bottled water?

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Google, having reduced its hiring rate, is also reducing its hiring staff.

The company said on its corporate blog that it's cutting about 100 jobs.

"Given the state of the economy, we recognized that we needed fewer people focused on hiring," said Laszlo Bock, Google's vice president of people operations, in the blog posting. "Our first step to address this was to wind down almost all our contracts with external contractors and vendors providing recruiting services for Google. However, after much consideration, we have with great regret decided that we need to go further and reduce the overall size of our recruiting organization by approximately 100 positions."

Google has tightened its belt in many other areas as well, closing down various projects such as Lively and bringing ads to properties such as Google Finance and Maps that previously lacked them.

Some perks are under pressure, too, with some curtailed cafeteria operations. And Toby Daniels, vice president of business development at Mint Digital, had this to tweet on Tuesday: "Just left a meeting with senior exec at Google/Youtube. The credit crunch has hit these guys pretty hard. No more bottled water in office!"