Google is looking to cut costs and move more jobs to India, where it plans to lay off 10% of its workforce by 2020, according to an investor presentation made in Mumbai.
The company’s India chief executive, Sundar Pichai, said the moves will save $2 billion in 2020.
The move comes as Google has been under pressure to scale up and improve the company’s customer service, and the US Department of Labor has issued a guidance that the company can hire at least 2,000 new workers in India by 2020.
Google has long maintained that the job cuts will not be a burden for its bottom line and the company says it will pay people less than $10 per hour.
It is the second time in less than a year that Google has announced it would cut costs.
Last year, the company announced it was cutting about 50,000 jobs worldwide and laying off more than 1,000.
Google had announced a plan to hire at most 2,200 new employees in India last year, but the company has struggled to find enough qualified workers to fill the jobs.
The Indian government has approved a proposal to boost the number of foreign workers eligible to work in the country, which will allow the country to bring in an additional 1 million workers over the next two years.
India is already home to about half the world’s population and employs some of the largest numbers of tech workers.
The US government has warned Google that the move could create a dangerous precedent for future recruitment of foreign tech workers in the US.