Amazon has confirmed that it will lay off approximately 9,000 employees
Amazon CEO Andy Jassy confirmed earlier that the company will lay off approximately 9,000 employees by the end of April, covering AWS, human resources, advertising, and Twitch-related businesses.
Since announcing the layoff of approximately 18,000 employees in January, Andy Jassy said that the move will streamline Amazon’s business system and focus more resources on important customer experiences. He also emphasized that the company will continue to invest in AWS cloud business, online services, and necessary new business development in the future.
One of the reasons for the consecutive layoffs this year is due to the greater demand for online services driven by the pandemic in recent years, which has increased Amazon’s global workforce from around 798,000 employees at the end of 2019 to about 1.6 million at the end of 2021. However, with the global pandemic gradually subsiding, Amazon believes that it is not necessary to reserve too much manpower, so it has announced consecutive global workforce reduction messages.
In addition to the massive layoffs at Amazon, Twitch, a subsidiary of Amazon, has also reduced its overall expenses by cutting 400 employees due to a decline in overall usage and revenue caused by the weak micro-economy.