Amazon to axe 9,000 jobs globally in latest round of layoffs

The firm's chief executive revealed that redundancies will take place in cloud services, advertising and Twitch units.

Amazon’s Andy Jassy announces loss of 9,000 jobs globally as heavy job cuts continue iStock

Amazon has announced it will axe a further 9,000 jobs across its global business in “the next few weeks”.

It comes after the firm announced more than 18,000 job cuts worldwide in January, in the largest layoffs programme in its history.

Under the plans, around 1,200 jobs across the UK will be affected, including around 300 in Gourock in February, where the Amazon facility has been open for almost two decades.

The online retail titan, which employs around 1.5 million people globally, warned in November last year of job cuts as part of plans to slash costs.

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.

On Monday, a letter to workers read: “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.

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

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