Amazon will finally lay off more than 18,000 employees, a record figure, the result of adding the 10,000 announced last November and those who will do so in the coming weeks, the US e-commerce company reported on Thursday.
According to an internal memo sent to workers by the company’s CEO, Andy Jassy, the decision has been particularly difficult, due to economic uncertainty and the high number of contracts made in recent years.
“In November, we communicated the difficult decision to eliminate several positions in our devices and books businesses, and we also announced a voluntary reduction offer for some employees in the People, Experience and Technology area,” recalls Jessy, adding that at that time he already said that more reductions were expected.
Most of the departures announced today will focus on the latter division and Amazon stores, he adds.
“We are well aware that these eliminations are difficult for people and we do not make these decisions lightly, nor do we underestimate how much they can affect the lives of those affected,” explains Jessy, who adds that the company is working to support these people and offer them compensation, transitional health insurance and external support to find another job.
In general, he says, Amazon waits to communicate these decisions to the people directly affected, although this time there has been a leak and they have had to share the news sooner than they would have liked, although they intend to talk shortly with those affected or, “when appropriate” in Europe, with the representative bodies of the employees, from January 18.