The boss of the world’s largest online mail order company Amazon, Andy Jassy, has set the employees to further job cuts after the most recent wave of layoffs. The board’s personnel planning will continue into the coming year, which means that there will be further job cuts, Jassy explained in a memo to the employees published on Thursday (local time) on the website. It was “without a doubt the most difficult decision” in his approximately one-and-a-half-year tenure as CEO of Amazon.
Jassy did not provide any information on the exact extent of the layoffs. According to consistent reports, the group started cutting around 10,000 jobs this week. Amazon recently had around 1.5 million employees worldwide, most of them working in the delivery and warehousing infrastructure. The most recent job cuts primarily affect the loss-making device division for Echo smart speakers and the Alexa language assistant program.
Other tech companies such as Twitter and Facebook parent Meta have also recently laid off employees on a large scale.