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Amazon Is Laying Off an Additional 9,000 Employees

The job cuts will mainly affect staff employed in Amazon Web Services, People Experience and Technology, advertising, and Twitch.

Amazon is set to lay off an additional 9,000 employees, the company's CEO Andy Jassy announced in a memo to staff on Monday.

This round of job cuts follows the wave of dismissals that continued from November to January and impacted over 18,000 workers, mostly those in its retail, devices, recruiting, and human resources divisions.

According to Jassy, Amazon has opted to downsize further in order to streamline expenses due to the state of the economy and the "uncertainty that exists in the near future." 

"The overriding tenet of our annual planning this year was to be leaner while doing so in a way that enables us to still invest robustly in the key long-term customer experiences that we believe can meaningfully improve customers’ lives and Amazon as a whole," Jassy said.

A new round of job reductions will occur in the coming weeks and will mainly affect staff employed in Amazon Web Services, People Experience and Technology (PXT), advertising, and Twitch.

Amazon is currently experiencing the most massive job cuts in its history which follow a hiring spree during the COVID pandemic. At the time, the company's worldwide staff surged to over 1.6 million by the end of 2021, compared to 798,000 in Q4 2019.

Fresh job cuts at Amazon come less than a week after Meta revealed its own significant redundancies – the Facebook owner terminated 10,000 more employees and shut down approximately 5,000 unfilled positions in their second major reduction. 

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