The New York Times reported on Monday that Amazon plans to lay off about 10,000 people in corporate and technology jobs as early as this week. At the same time, the report said that there is no clarity on the total number of layoffs, these employees account for about 3 percent of Amazon’s corporate employees and less than one percent of the global workforce. The cuts include Amazon’s devices organization, such as voice-assistant Alexa, the retail division and human resources, the report said.
The Amazon layoffs come just weeks after Twitter’s new owner Elon Musk cut the social media workforce by half, and Meta announced it would lay off 13 percent of its workforce, or 11,000 employees. The Amazon layoff report also came on a day when its founder Jeff Bezos told CNN that he would donate most of his $124 billion in lifetime earnings to charity. I am planning to give
Amazon is having troubled times at the moment as the tech giant reduced its headcount by around 80,000 people from April to September, mainly through high attrition of its hourly workers. Let us tell you that there is a shortage of small teams in September. In October, the company had banned more than 10,000 appointments in its main retail business. Two weeks ago, Amazon halted corporate hiring across the company, including its cloud computing division, for the next few months. The planned layoffs come during Amazon’s big holiday shopping season, where the company typically has more jobs, the report said. It is clear from this that the global economy has made a deep impact even on those businesses where more employees have been working for many years.