The world’s largest online store is laying off employees starting this week, The New York Times reports.
According to posts by certain Amazon employees on LinkedIn, the layoffs will focus on the company’s devices organization, including the voice assistant Alexa and the Luna cloud gaming unit, as well as its retail and human resources departments.
The company has yet to officially comment on the allegations, but should the number of layoffs be around 10,000, that would represent roughly three percent of Amazon’s corporate employees and less than one percent of its global workforce of about 1.6 million, which primarily consists of hourly workers.
The upcoming holiday season is peak period for an online store of this capacity and the company usually increases the number of workers around that time. However, since Amazon is facing a slowdown in sales and an increasingly bleak global economy, CEO Andy Jassy has moved aggressively to cut costs.
Amazon previously said it would freeze hiring in corporate positions in retail, shut down almost all call centers in the US, abolished the so-called roving delivery robot, and started closing some of its warehouses. The company’s shares have fallen by about 41% this year.
Job cuts have been hitting the tech sector hard lately, after years of unbridled growth. Facebook’s parent company Meta fired 13% of its staff last week, while Twitter, Shopify, and Salesforce also began or announced series of layoffs.