The largest international technology business in the United States, Amazon, plans to fire up to 10,000 workers, making the e-commerce giant the most recent digital juggernaut to employ a massive redundancy plan.
The business had 1.54 million employees worldwide by the end of September 2022, excluding seasonal workers hired during peak seasons like the Christmas holidays, and this would represent less than 1% of the group’s total payroll, according to The New York Times.
Affected roles were located in the human resources department, the retail division, and the gadgets section of Amazon, however the distribution per country was not disclosed.
According to the source, the precise number of layoffs may vary, but if accurate, it would be the largest round of layoffs in the company’s 28-year history, which was founded by Jeff Bezos.
After a hiring bonanza, there would be layoffs. Amazon’s employment more than doubled from the first quarter of 2020 to 1.62 million employees two years later as a result of the coronavirus pandemic driving a spike in online purchases.
Due to the weakening economy, Amazon put a recruiting freeze in place two weeks ago, and its staff has already shrunk since the year’s beginning.
When contacted by AFP, Amazon did not immediately react to a request for comment.
This comes after Meta, the parent company of Facebook had last week announced the dismissal of 11,000 workers, or around 13% of its workforce with, Twitter, which Elon Musk recently purchased, laid off roughly half of its 7,500 employees earlier this month.