Amazon has disclosed the dismissal of 9,000 additional workers. The affected employees have received an email from the company’s CEO, Andy Jassy, who explained that Amazon is going through a challenging time and will need to take this action to cut expenses.
The e-commerce behemoth has fired staff before; as many as 18,000 people were let go in January of this year. In essence, this means that Amazon has sacked 27,000 workers altogether.
In the email that was sent to employees, Jassy said, “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 in the long term.”
According to the CEO of the company, due to over-hiring in recent years and the need to properly manage resources in light of the current economic downturn, Amazon will have to fire staff. In addition, he said that the action would benefit the business in the long run and allow it to use the money saved for greater purposes.
According to the CEO, the organization hopes to wrap up the most recent round of layoffs by mid-to-late April. Also, he reaffirmed that Amazon would assist the fired workers. Offering packages including a separation payout, temporary health insurance benefits, and assistance with finding a position outside the company are being promised.