Amazon, facing the biggest downsizing in its history: plans to lay off 10,000 workers

The corporation joins the wave of massive layoffs that other companies such as Meta and Twitter have already suffered in the last few days

Amazon, facing the biggest downsizing in its history: plans to lay off 10,000 workers

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The US technology giant, Inc, which currently has a workforce of around 1.5 million people, is considering what would be the biggest downsizing in its history, laying off around 10,000 workers, according to The New York Times.

This cut would represent 3% of Amazon's corporate employees and, yes, less than 1% of its global workforce. As the US newspaper reports, the cut would be mainly in the area of human resources and devices, including work on the Alexa voice assistant.

According to the information given in the United States, the decision of Jeff Bezos' company is a consequence of the drift of the international economy, with the intention of reducing those sectors of its activity where there is "excess staff". It is a similar solution to that taken by Twitter and Meta in recent days, although less drastic than that of Mark Zuckerberg's company, which reduced the size of its workforce by 13%.

Jeff Bezos, Amazon's current CEO, founded the company in 1994 under the name "Cadabra".

Amazon warned it was pausing new hiresThe tech giant had already warned a fortnight ago of the decision to halt corporate hiring due to " economic uncertainty" and to make "necessary adjustments". The announced cutbacks come just before the Christmas shopping season, when Amazon traditionally experiences a considerable increase in sales.

The raft of decisions comes not only against a backdrop of inflation and economic instabilities, but also in the wake of the company's slower growth rate, which fell considerably on the stock market this year.  

This is a translation of the original article published in Spanish by Carlos Soria

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