Amazon to axe another 9,000 jobs globally

Amazon are cutting another 9,000 jobs across the world, on top of the 18,000 they already axed in January. Credit: PA

Amazon has said it will cut another 9,000 jobs across its global business in “the next few weeks”.

Andy Jassy, chief executive of the technology giant, told staff that the move will reduce jobs in its web services, advertising, PXT solutions division and its Twitch livestreaming arm.

The job cuts would mark the second largest round of layoffs in the company's history, adding to the 18,000 employees the company said it would lay off in January.

Amazon also revealed separate plans to shut three UK warehouses and seven delivery stations in January, affecting more than 1,200 further jobs.

On Monday, Mr Jassy said in a letter to workers: “As we’ve just concluded the second phase of our operating plan this past week, I’m writing to share that we intend to eliminate about 9,000 more positions in the next few weeks – mostly in AWS, PXT, Advertising, and Twitch.

“This was a difficult decision, but one that we think is best for the company long term.

“To those ultimately impacted by these reductions, I want to thank you for the work you have done on behalf of customers and the company.

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“It’s never easy to say goodbye to our teammates, and you will be missed.”

It comes as other major global companies such as Meta and Microsoft announced their own cuts in the face of an economic downturn.

Meta, the parent company of FacebookInstagram and WhatsApp, plans to cut around 10,000 jobs globally, just four months after it axed 11,000 workers.Meanwhile, about 10,000 jobs are being axed at Microsoft.