Over the past year, Uber has added as many or more employees as established heavyweights Apple, Tesla and Facebook did throughout 2016. The surge speaks to the nature of Uber’s business—as it expands internationally, it needs more people on the ground than pure software companies might.
The ride-sharing company’s doubling of its workforce to about 12,000 employees means it added more than four times as many people as Snap and more than nine times as many as Airbnb, though it still trails giants Alphabet and Amazon. It isn’t clear whether a string of high-profile crises at Uber has affected the pace of hiring.
Uber has continued its streak of doubling its workforce year to year. It already is nearly as big as Facebook and Tesla were two years ago, years after those two companies had gone public. (Companies like Facebook and Tesla also have contract workers that don’t show up in the numbers.) Uber added about as many employees as Apple and as Salesforce, which acquired companies Demandware and Quip last year.
However, standing atop the employee-hiring heap in the past year is Amazon, which grew its full-time and part-time workforce by nearly half to 351,000 by the end of the first quarter this year. It is far bigger than other tech companies in part because of the people it has to hire at least part time during the holiday rush for its fulfillment and sorting centers. Most other large tech firms only disclose full-time hires in their annual SEC filings. That includes Alphabet, which was No. 2 in new hires among the companies analyzed, growing by nearly 10,000 employees in the past year. In sheer percentage terms, Snap led the pack in hiring, expanding its workforce by more than 200%, to reach 1,859 workers at the end of 2016.