Amazon will cut an additional 9,000 jobs, CEO Andy Jassy announces
The American giant had already announced in January the elimination of 18,000 jobs.
Second wave of layoffs at Amazon. After the announcement in January of 18,000 job cuts, the e-commerce giant announced Monday 9,000 additional departures. In a message sent to employees, the general manager, Andy Jassy, explains that all the divisions of the American group had not completed their analysis of the positions to be eliminated by the end of the year.
These departures therefore affect entities hitherto spared: AWS (cloud), Twitch (video) and advertising management, to which are added human resources, already amputated in January. The employees concerned, Americans and Europeans, will be notified in April.
Like other major tech groups, Amazon had skyrocketed its workforce in 2020 and 2021, peaking at 1.6 million employees. The Covid-19 pandemic had fully benefited its e-commerce activities, but also cloud computing and leisure (Prime Video, Twitch).
140,000 fewer jobs in tech since January
“Given the economic uncertainty in which we find ourselves and which will continue to reign in the near future, we have chosen to further rationalize our costs and our workforce, explains Andy Jassy. The central objective of this annual planning is to reduce our burden while continuing to invest heavily in customer experiences that will be decisive in the long term.»
The total of 27,000 job cuts represents 1.7% of Amazon’s global workforce. The first wave of layoffs affected the e-commerce division (excluding warehouses) and that dedicated to connected objects (Kindle, Alexa, etc.).
In 2022, more than 160,000 jobs have disappeared in American tech, led by Amazon and Meta… This trend has increased in 2023 with 140,000 job cuts since January, including 12,000 at Google, 1,000 at Microsoft, and 10,000 additional layoffs at Meta. The king of social networks has separated from nearly 25% of its workforce in the space of a few months.