The US technology company Amazon is going to fire about 10,000 workers in the corporate and technology sector. The company will start layoffs from this week. This is the largest layoff in Amazon’s history.

After Twitter and Meta, Amazon’s plan for major layoffs is considered a major blow, according to a person familiar with Amazon’s plans, The New York Times reported.

The newspaper said Amazon did not know exactly how many workers it was going to lay off. But it may be about 3 percent of the total corporate workforce i.e. about 10,000. And they can be trimmed in several steps.

Amazon employs more than 1.5 million people worldwide. A large number of these workers are mainly employed on an hourly basis. Amazon posted record profits amid the rise of consumers’ habit of shopping online during the coronavirus. The US company has also doubled its workforce in the past two years to boost business.

The New York Times reported that Amazon spokesman Brad Glaser had no comment when contacted about the layoff plan.

(November 15/DM)