Amazon confirms the loss of 18,000 jobs, including in Europe
In a message on the group’s website, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy said that Amazon “plans to cut just over 18,000 jobs”. This announcement is not, in itself, a surprise, while in November, the New York Times reported that the American giant planned to lay off about 10,000 employees.
Without indicating the distribution of these job cuts, the manager, who specifies that he decided to announce “this news quickly” because they were “leaked” by an employee, mentions that the employees affected “or their representatives, if applicable, in Europe” will be contacted by the company on January 18.
“The review of our annual planning (…) has been more difficult this year given the economic uncertainty and the fact that we have hired massively over the past few years,” Amazon said.
The distribution group has indeed hired with a vengeance during the pandemic to meet the explosion in demand, doubling its global staff between the beginning of 2020 and the beginning of 2022.
At the end of September, the group had 1.54 million employees worldwide, not including seasonal workers recruited during periods of increased activity, particularly during the holiday season.
“Amazon has withstood uncertain and difficult economies in the past, and we will continue to do so”, assures the boss of the American group.
“These changes will help us pursue our long-term opportunities with a stronger cost structure (…). Businesses that last for a long time go through different phases. They’re not in massive staff expansion mode every year,” he continues.
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