Amazon to lay off 10,000 employees – report

NEW YORK — Amazon is preparing to lay off up to 10,000 employees, The New York Times reported Monday, making the e-commerce giant the latest tech giant to launch a full-scale layoff plan.

This would represent a little less than one percent of the group’s total payroll, which had 1.54 million employees worldwide at the end of September, not including seasonal workers who are recruited during periods of high activity such as winter holidays. Christmas.

The Times report says the affected positions will be located in Amazon’s device department, retail division and human resources.

The breakdown by country has not been specified.

The report says the total number of laid off employees could change, but if confirmed, it would be the largest round of layoffs in the history of the 28-year-old company founded by Jeff Bezos.

The layoffs would follow an aggressive hiring spree. As business boomed due to the coronavirus pandemic, as people locked down seriously turned to online shopping, Amazon doubled its workforce in the first quarter of 2020 to 1.62 million employees two years later.

But with the economic crisis, Amazon announced a hiring freeze two weeks ago and its workforce is already down from the start of the year.

Contacted by AFP, Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Last week Meta, Facebook’s parent company, announced it was cutting 11,000 jobs, or about 13% of its workforce.

Online payment company Stripe and car rental app Lyft also recently announced big layoffs. Twitter, newly acquired by Elon Musk, laid off around half of its 7,500 employees earlier this month. — France Media Agency

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