Amazon has reportedly cut five per cent job roles within its communication department. The layoffs have primarily affected people in Amazon Studios, Amazon Prime Video and Amazon Music divisions, encompassing both domestic and international locations.
As per a report by Deadline, the move is part of the company’s effort to align with the demands of its business and hence made the necessary cuts in its communications teams.
However, the company has announced that it will help the departing employees navigate through this tough decision. All the affected employees will continue to receive their regular pay and benefits for a period of 60 days. Moreover, the employees who have been laid off will also have access to severance packages, transitional benefits and assistance with job placement, as the report stated.
The company has let go of 27,000 employees so far in the interest of the company’s long-term health.
In April, the e-commerce giant let go of 100 employees from Amazon Studios and Prime Video, out of a 7,000-strong staff, as part of its cost-cutting measures. The live audio service, Amp was also discontinued.
In response to the tech industry’s overall contraction, Amazon has been consistently downsizing over the past to reduce costs and optimise operations.
In March, the company announced plans to eliminate an additional 9,000 positions, with a particular focus on areas such as cloud computing, human resources, advertising and Twitch live-streaming services. Last year, in November 2022, the company announced to eliminate 18,000 positions by the end of January 2023.