Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced on Friday that the company intends to fire 12,000 employees.

The latest tech company to slash jobs after the rapid expansion during the pandemic.

Pichai said in a memo posted on Google's blog on Friday that an email has already been sent to US employees.

He added that the process for international employees "will take longer due to local laws and practices".

The job cuts represent about 6% of Google's global workforce. It is not clear how many of those jobs are in the U.S.

The businesses claim that because of the pandemic's quick hiring, they now need to make significant staff reductions.

In addition to cuts at big tech companies, there have been layoffs on Wall Street.