Amazon has announced that it will be laying off 18,000 workers. Now Indians working on an H1-B visa have to find a new job in 60 days or face the fear of being deported from the US. With a recession looming, their future seems bleak
The great layoff continues. After Twitter, Meta and other tech giants carried out mass layoffs in the last months of 2022, Amazon, the online giant that employs 1.5 million people globally, announced that after the mass layoffs in November — they had cut over 10,000 jobs then — they will be letting go of another 18,000 employees.
The latest step, considered to be largest in the company’s history, is a measure to save costs. “Amazon has weathered uncertain and difficult economies in the past, and we will continue to do so,” CEO Andy Jassy said in a note to employees that the company made public. “These changes will help us pursue our long-term opportunities with a stronger cost structure.”
He added the layoffs will mostly impact the company’s brick-and-mortar stores, which include Amazon Fresh and Amazon Go, and its PXT organizations, which handle human resources and other functions.