Recently, foreign media reported that due to economic problems, Amazon will stop global recruitment for all company positions in its store business, including online and brick-and-mortar stores, third-party seller marketplaces and subscription service Amazon Prime, and all open job applications will be in the future. It was closed within days and more than 10,000 vacancies were frozen.
That's a sign that Amazon's online sales continue to slow, and Amazon adjusts its workforce to accommodate the sign, though the freeze won't affect Amazon Web Services, its cloud computing division or warehouse workers. According to people familiar with the matter, the frozen business job fair will continue until the end of this year.
So candidates who schedule an interview before October 15 can still receive offers, but they won't start working at Amazon until next year.
However, an Amazon spokesperson said, "Amazon still has a large number of job openings, with many different businesses at various stages of development, and we expect to continuously adjust our hiring strategy in each business at different junctures." Amazon's listing shows , it's still hiring warehouse workers, which Amazon often needs due to high turnover.
But overall, in response to economic losses from slowing sales, Amazon has slowed its once-rapid warehouse expansion this year, closing some warehouses, canceling leases and mothballing some new buildings. And from the first quarter to the second quarter of this year, Amazon’s direct employees decreased by 99,000, mainly due to the large-scale reduction of hourly workers in warehouses and distribution centers.
In fact, not only Amazon, but many companies recruited too many employees in the early stage of the epidemic. After the epidemic was effectively controlled, online sales slowed down, and these companies began to lay off employees and freeze recruitment to reduce operating costs in a timely manner. For example, Walmart, the largest private employer in the U.S., said it would hire fewer hourly workers during the holiday shopping season this year; FedEx, which competes with Amazon to deliver packages to customers, said last month it was freezing hiring, closing down due to lower-than-expected demand. Shop and park the plane.
However, for retailers, the economy is currently at a critical time, because Black Friday and the Christmas season are approaching. Even if some job recruitment is frozen, in order to cope with the arrival of the peak season, these retail giants still need to add manpower to deal with it.
According to foreign media reports, Amazon plans to hire 150,000 full-time, seasonal and part-time employees in warehouses in the United States ahead of the upcoming shopping holiday . These new employees will mainly be responsible for packing, picking, sorting and shipping orders. While Walmart plans to hire 40,000 U.S. workers for the holidays, other Amazon rivals UPS and Target say their holiday hiring plans are in line with the previous year.