Seoul-based ride-hailing platform Tada, operated by Korean ride-sharing company Socar’s subsidiary VCNC, plans to let go of a portion of the company’s employees as part of a restructuring as it works to reduce costs, the company confirmed to TechCrunch.
Tada has not yet said how many staff it will lay off since it’s part of a voluntary early retirement program, a spokesperson at VCNC said, adding that it will be able to announce more concrete details in the not-too-distant future. Tada is said to cut at least 50% of its staff, or about 45 people, per local media outlets.
Socar and Viva Republica, which operates Korean financial super app Toss, own Tada.
Viva Republica reportedly continues to have discussions with potential strategic partners for Tada to stay in business after merger talks with Jinmobility fell apart. The Korean fintech firm is looking for a variety of routes for Tada, the spokesperson told TechCrunch without providing further details. Viva Republica declined to comment.
In South Korea, Kakao’s car-hailing unit, Kakao Mobility, has the largest market share, with more than 90% in 2021, according to Korea’s Fair Trade Commission. UT Taxi, a joint venture company backed by Uber Technologies and TMap Mobility, is another player in the car-hailing space in the country.