Amazon axes several hundred corporate jobs in Seattle

Amazon axes several hundred corporate jobs in Seattle

Amazon axes several hundred corporate jobs in Seattle

Most of the layoffs, said to be in the "hundreds" affect the company's Seattle headquarters but there are expected to be more redundancies worldwide, sources told the Seattle Times.

Amazon-owned footwear seller Zappos already laid off around 30 people a year ago, while last March, the parenting product subsidiary Quidsi that runs Diapers.com and other sites, cut more than 250 jobs.

The Seattle Times report suggests the layoffs are related to the super-fast growth and expansion of Amazon and are firmly tied to its consumer retail businesses. Last year, the company announced plans to hire 50,000 warehouse workers, staging a one-day blitz dubbed "Amazon jobs day".

Already, some Amazon businesses have made cuts, including a few handful at Zappos and a few hundred at Quidsi.

Amazon confirmed that cuts were taking place, saying in a statement that it was "making head count adjustments across the company".

The company said it would consider those affected for other roles, adding it was still hiring aggressively in other areas.

According to the Seattle Times, some departments faced being over budget and having too many staff on its payroll.

It's not a great day for hundreds of employees at Amazon's Seattle headquarters. Amazon now has more than 4,000 job listings on its site for Seattle.

"Amazon makes rare round of layoffs at Seattle headquarters", USA Today, February 12, 2018.

Shares were up almost 3% on Monday.

The retail giant has also been cutting redundant positions by requiring managers who oversee other supervisors to have at least four people reporting to them.

The reductions are part of a broader reorganisation at the company, but some see the moves as a shift toward using more robots and computers for functions once performed by humans. "Amazon has a problem right now with overpopulation", an unnamed engineer said. Last month, Amazon cut the candidate list from 288 to 238.

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