Amazon will be laying off 9,000 staff this year as the company announced another round of layoffs.
Staff at the AWS cloud services unit, Twitch live streaming unit, advertising and PXT, gaming unit will majorly be affected by the layoff, according to a letter by Amazon’s chief executive, Andy Jassy.
This news is coming in just two months after Amazon disclosed its plans of cutting off more than 18,000 workers from the PXT and Amazon Web Stores units.
Recall that also in January, Amazon announced that it will be shutting down three of its warehouses in the UK and seven delivery stations, which affects more than 1,200 workers in that department.
Briefing workers on the company’s decision to cutoff 9,000 staff this year, the CEO said that in the last few year, Amazon had employed a larger amount of staff and that the recent economic challenges have stirred the company’s decision of cutting costs in terms of its staff.
Also, more than 1.5 million worldwide are employed by Amazon, but, this time around, the e-commerce giant had decided to reduce the numbers.
Addressing Amazon workers in letter, Andy Jassy wrote: “Some may ask why we didn’t announce these role reductions with the ones we announced a couple months ago.”
She also added that “The short answer is that not all of the teams were done with their analyses in the late fall; and rather than rush through these assessments without the appropriate diligence, we chose to share these decisions as we’ve made them so people had the information as soon as possible.”
“The same is true for this note as the impacted teams are not yet finished making final decisions on precisely which roles will be impacted. Once those decisions have been made (our goal is to have this complete by mid to late April), we will communicate with the impacted employees (or where applicable in Europe, with employee representative bodies).”