Amazon extends layoff plans to 18,000

E-commerce giant Inc on Thursday extended its layoff plan to 18,000 employees, 80 from previously planned job cuts, citing an uncertain economy and rapid hiring over the past few years. % increased.

Amazon CEO Andy Jassy said in a blog post on Thursday, “Between the cuts we made in November and what we are sharing today, we plan to cut more than 18,000 roles. Amazon will be impacted. He added that he will begin contacting affected employees on January 18.

This comes less than two months after Amazon decided to lay off about 10,000 people in the corporate and tech sector around the world, according to a New York Times report. That same month, Mark Zuckerberg said in a message to his Meta employees that the company would reduce the size of its team by about 13% and lay off more than 11,000 employees.

In Thursday’s blog, Jassy said most of these layoffs will likely affect Amazon Stores and the People eXperience and Technology (PXT) team.

In November, DH exclusively reported in an internal memo dated November 16 that Amazon offered a voluntary turnover program (VSP) to Indian employees on the PXT team.

On Thursday, Amazon did not comment on how the extended layoffs would affect its workers in India.Reply to DHasked for comment and was directed back to Jassy’s blog, adding, “No additional information at this time.”

Experts say the impact on Indian employees is difficult to predict.

“As Amazon is a truly global company, it is very difficult to predict whether there will be an impact in India,” said Vijay Sivaram, Chief Executive Officer of Quess IT Staffing.

But based on one of the frequently asked questions (FAQs) in a memo obtained by DH in November, another impact on Indian employees cannot be ruled out.

“Does being VSP eligible mean that my job is in jeopardy? Will the company start layoffs/downsizing?”

“A final decision has not been made at this time, but we may need to work on future optimizations in accordance with VSP to better align our workforce with business needs,” the company said in a note.

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