In a recent development, Amazon has initiated another round of layoffs, impacting employees within its Amazon Music division. The move comes after the tech giant had previously eliminated 18,000 positions from various departments in 2022 and an additional 9,000 earlier this year, bringing the total number of job cuts to a staggering 27,000.
Although the exact number of positions affected within the Amazon Music team remains undisclosed, reports indicate that employees working in the platform’s editorial and audio content departments have been affected. Notices of termination were sent out to employees across several countries on Wednesday.
According to a statement from an Amazon spokesperson, the company has been evaluating its organizational needs and prioritizing customer-centric initiatives to ensure the long-term health of the business. As a result, certain roles within the Amazon Music Team have been eliminated. The spokesperson emphasized that Amazon remains committed to investing in Amazon Music and will continue to focus resources on products and initiatives that are essential to customers, creators, and artists.
While specific figures regarding the impact of the layoffs were not provided, reports from Reuters indicated that employees in Latin America, North America, and Europe were among those who received layoff notices.
Amazon CEO Andy Jassy, in a blog post earlier this year, described the decision to conduct the layoffs as a difficult but necessary one. He explained that the company’s annual planning process involved making strategic decisions about investments and prioritizing initiatives that are crucial for customers and the long-term well-being of the business. Jassy acknowledged that the economic landscape had become uncertain, prompting Amazon to streamline costs and reduce headcount.
In his blog post, Jassy emphasized the need for a leaner approach, allowing the company to invest robustly in key long-term customer experiences that can significantly enhance customers’ lives and contribute to Amazon’s overall growth. The move reflects Amazon’s ongoing efforts to adapt to economic challenges while maintaining a focus on innovation and customer satisfaction.