Amazon started laying off thousands more workers on Wednesday, as the online retailer and cloud computing giant continued the most significant employment reduction in company history only months after a first wave of 10,000 layoffs.
The company has reduced personnel in its human resources and retail divisions and is anticipated to lay off an additional 8,000 workers. Bloomberg reports that Doug Herrington, Amazon’s international retail head, said in a message that the firm would begin notifying staff through email on Wednesday.
What you should know about the company’s layoffs: It will terminate almost 18,000 workers. In November, around 10,000 Amazon workers were laid off from its devices group, retail division, and human resources departments.
The company’s CEO Andy Jassy said on January 4 that the business will lay off more than 18,000 workers “between the reductions we revealed in November and the ones we’re releasing today.” Jassy stated that more layoff notices would begin on January 18.
The company did not specify to San Francisco Post how many cutbacks will be made to certain divisions. However, Jassy previously said that the Stores and PXT (people, experience, and technology) groups would see the most reductions.
What is the number of Amazon’s employees? In October 2022, Amazon had over 1.5 million workers.
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What is Amazon’s position about the layoffs? In a message dated January 4, Jassy said that the business would provide severance packages to impacted workers, including separation money, transitional health insurance coverage, and job placement assistance.