According to reports from an individual involved in Goldman Sachs, the company will be laying off up to 3,200 employees this week as a means of saving on costs.
The source who spoke with CNN stated that more than a third of the projected layoffs will come from the firm’s trading and banking units. These cuts are a result of uncertain economic and market conditions, as Goldman Sachs has recently been feeling the impacts of a decrease in global dealmaking. Many companies are leaning away from mergers and raised capital with the firm.
As reported by Bloomberg, hiring for roles in other departments will continue into the new year, and a new class of analysts are also expected to start working for the firm later this year.
At the end of the third quarter Goldman Sachs reported having around 49,100 employees after adding thousands of positions during their recovery from the pandemic; which many financial markets have also done.
Overall, the Federal Reserve and other major banking firms have begun to raise their borrowing costs as a means of combating inflation rates throughout the nation.
Many companies are working on saving money by any means necessary to prepare for a possible recession that would occur as a result of rising interest rates. The rate of mergers and acquisitions have overall been on the decline as well.
Goldman Sachs is one of the most well known firms that’s involved in these mergers and acquisitions as well. So with the recent decline in transactional activity, the firm experienced a 12% drop in revenue in the third quarter of 2022 when compared to one year ago.
Investment banking revenue overall has decreased by 57% yearly, according to reports.
This past October Goldman Sachs announced part of its plan to streamline operations by combining their trading and investment banking divisions, as well as combining its digital consumer bank, known as Marcus, with its wealth management sector.
Reports indicate that shares of Goldman Sachs were up less than 1% in premarket trading as of this week.
Goldman Sachs isn’t the only massive company planning on implementing layoffs in their 2023 plans. Amazon stated earlier this month that they plan on laying off more than 18,000 employees while Morgan Stanely have already begun layoffs in the new year.
Eric Mastrota is a Contributing Editor at The National Digest based in New York. A graduate of SUNY New Paltz, he reports on world news, culture, and lifestyle. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.