Amazon has made the surprise decision to cut hundreds of positions, despite recent hiring sprees.
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.
The newspaper on Tuesday reported that workers, primarily in its online retail operations are already being notified that they will lose their jobs. One employee described a change in culture toward strict belt-tightening, with one manager claiming he had been briefed that owner Jeff Bezos was applying pressure to weed out low performers.
It was not immediately clear whether UK staff will be impacted but a spokesman confirmed that losses would be taking place across Amazon’s global operations.
“As part of our annual planning process, we are making head count adjustments across the company – small reductions in a couple of places and aggressive hiring in many others,” a spokesman said.