Report: Amazon is preparing to lay off around 10,000 people


Amazon may be the next tech giant to lay off thousands of people, according to a report in the New York Times. It claimed that the layoffs will affect “approximately 10,000 people in corporate and technology jobs” and that they’ll start this week.

A startling number, although just as startling may be the news that this would be only “roughly 3 percent of Amazon’s corporate employees and less than 1 percent of its global work force of more than 1.5 million”.

Coming ahead of e-commerce’s big annual Black Friday event (not to mention the holiday season) it’s a sign of the wider nervousness within the tech industry. Particularly in areas where (in the NYT’s words) companies feel they need to “trim businesses that have been overstaffed or underdelivering for years”.

Amazon has yet to comment publicly on the report, although Reuters has since cited its own source as confirming the scale of the planned layoffs, suggesting that they may include staff in Amazon’s devices, retail and human resources divisions.

Written by: Stuart Dredge