The tech layoffs just keep coming.
Amazon has revealed that it intends to lay off 9,000 people over the next few weeks, with the cuts impacting Amazon Web Services, People Experience and Technology Solutions, advertising, and Twitch.
Combined with previously announced layoffs, that’s a total of 27,000 job cuts announced at Amazon over the past four months.
“[G]iven the uncertain economy in which we reside, and the uncertainty that exists in the near future, we have chosen to be more streamlined in our costs and headcount,” said Amazon CEO Andy Jassy(Opens in a new tab) in a message to employees that was also shared on the company’s blog.
Mashable has reached out to Amazon for comment.
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News of these 9,000 layoffs comes just months after Amazon revealed plans to let go of around 8,000 employees in January and 10,000 last November. Sadly, the latest cuts may not be the last, as they’re part of an ongoing analysis of current roles Amazon is performing in an effort to run “leaner.”
“[T]he impacted teams are not yet finished making final decisions on precisely which roles will be impacted,” said Jassy, whose $212 million compensation package in 2021 was 6,474 times the median Amazon employee’s salary(Opens in a new tab).
Amazon is aiming to finalise its decisions on exactly who will be cut by mid to late April, though it will still conduct “limited hiring” in “strategic areas” in the meantime.
“We will, of course, support those we have to let go, and will provide packages that include a separation payment, transitional health insurance benefits, and external job placement support,” said Jassy.
It’s generally a bad time to work in tech right now. Aside from Amazon, multiple other big tech companies have also undergone significant layoffs, including PayPal, Spotify, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, and Vimeo. Every day, the idea of giving it all up and simply absconding into the woods steadily grows in appeal.