Longtime Slashdot reader walterbyrd shares a report from Seeking Alpha: Amazon is reducing its headcount by more than 18K employees the company confirmed on Wednesday. Amazon CEO Andy Jassy confirmed plans to eliminate “just over 18K roles” between the reductions made in November and the latest round in a statement. The company was previously projected to cut about 10K roles, but has accelerated layoffs due to economic uncertainty. The bulk of roles due for elimination are concentrated in Amazon Stores and PXT organizations, per the statement.

Jassy said that he was hoping to notify all impacted employees prior to his statement, but was forced to comment due to a report in the Wall Street Journal regarding the staff reductions. “We typically wait to communicate about these outcomes until we can speak with the people who are directly impacted. However, because one of our teammates leaked this information externally, we decided

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