France spared by Amazon layoffs plan

Following the announcement of a massive layoff plan for 18,000 employees worldwide, Amazon management had specified that it would communicate from January 18 to the staff representative bodies what the impacts would be in the various country. We now know that France will be spared.

This is what the CGT of Amazon France Logistique communicated on its Facebook page, and the CFDT confirmed to France Info. In Europe, the countries affected by the job cuts will be the United Kingdom, Spain and Luxembourg. Elsewhere in the world, they will also concern the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, China and India.

6% of corporate staff

The 18,000 job cuts represent about 6% of Amazon’s workforce excluding logistics centers, the biggest cut in the company’s history. They are concentrated in the retail and HR divisions. The group is seeking to reduce its costs to keep up with the slowdown in demand growth, and anticipates a recession. It wants to concentrate its forces on a smaller number of sources of growth such as groceries, BtoB and services to third-party sellers.

This week, Microsoft also announced that it would lay off 10,000 employees. Layoff plans have followed one another in the technology sector since last year. Meta also ranks among the companies that have announced the largest departure plans, Mark Zuckerberg’s company having decided to part with 11,000 employees.

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