When Elon Musk took control of Twitter, the social media platform had over 7,400 employees on its payroll. However, in the following weeks, Musk would gut the workforce, firing nearly half of all Twitter employees and thousands of contractual content moderators and forcing thousands of other on-roll employees to resign. As of 8:30 AM Monday (Indian Standard Time), Twitter has just a little over 2,700 employees on the payroll.
In a recent all-hands meeting with the remaining Twitter employees, Elon Musk announced that he is done with the terminations and is now actively looking to hire people. Musk and his recruiters have already started recruiting engineers and salespeople for the ad-sales team. Some sales employees who opted to stay after Musk’s Twitter 2.0 ultimatum were reportedly laid off shortly after.
The number of engineers who have exited Twitter is so huge that Musk has a specific criterion for his hiring team: hire anyone who knows how to write software, irrespective of their qualifications and work experience.
Musk has also asked the existing employees at Twitter for referrals, and that under his ownership and management, Twitter will be “much more engineering-driven.” Design and product management will still be critical and report to me, but those writing great code will constitute the majority of the team and “have the greatest sway.”
The Twitter careers page wasn’t listing any open jobs as of writing this article. There were more than 100 job openings before Musk took over.
Musk may have to hire engineers quickly to keep Twitter systems running correctly. A Washington Post report quoted a former team member saying layoffs and other departures “have left multiple critical systems down to two, one or even zero engineers.” Gutted departments include “Twitter’s traffic and front-end teams that route engineering requests to the correct backend services,” a Verge report said.