According to news on January 5, the topic # Amazon will lay off 17,000 people # appeared on Weibo's hot search, saying that this will be the largest public layoff of a technology giant.
According to foreign media reports, people familiar with the matter said that the layoffs were mainly concentrated at the corporate level of Amazon, which was higher than the number of people originally planned by the company. The new layoffs, set to take place in the coming weeks, will be the largest layoffs announced by a major technology company so far. According to data, as of September 2022, Amazon has a total of 1.5 million employees, a large number of whom work in its warehouses.
It is worth noting that Amazon CEO Andy Jassy also confirmed the news. The company plans to abolish slightly more than 18,000 positions in the layoffs announced in November last year and exposed by the media today, and will communicate with employees affected by the layoffs from January 8. Jassy said multiple teams were affected, but most of the layoffs involved Amazon Stores and the People, Experience and Technology (PXT) division.
It is understood that since November 2022, many media have reported that Amazon has started to lay off employees. Around November 15 of the same year, an Amazon employee posted on LinkedIn that Amazon notified employees in multiple departments, including the Alexa and Luna cloud gaming departments, that they would be fired. According to media reports at the time, Amazon planned to lay off about 10,000 people in the retail, equipment and human resources departments. That would account for less than 1% of Amazon's total global workforce (about 1.5 million) and 3% of its corporate workforce.
On November 16 of the same year, Amazon confirmed the news of layoffs, saying that the company was laying off employees to control costs. Amazon then released an internal document encouraging employees to sign voluntary separation agreements, including in human resources and employee services. Amazon said that the voluntary resignation proposal is Amazon's "first step" in reorganizing its internal business. In the future, layoffs may be carried out in various departments of the company.
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