The tech giant, Amazon, has announced job cuts that will affect hundreds of employees in its cloud computing business. The company is shifting its strategy to focus on brick-and-mortar stores such as Amazon Fresh, which launched in 2020. As a result, the company has removed its self-checkout system, Just Walk Out, from all of its stores.

The job cuts will affect several hundred roles in sales, marketing and global services, as well as several hundred roles in the physical store technology team. However, the company said it will continue to hire and grow particularly in key areas of its business with thousands of jobs available and efforts to find internal opportunities for affected employees.

The cuts will take place across Amazon’s operations around the world with the majority of AWS roles based in Seattle. US-based employees affected by layoffs will receive pay and benefits for at least 60 days, assistance in finding another job, access to transitional health benefits and the right to severance pay. According to recent reports, Amazon had a total of more than 1.5 million full-time and part-time employees excluding contractors and temporary staff at the end of last year.

The technology sector is experiencing a shift towards artificial intelligence (AI) with companies like Microsoft also investing heavily in this field. Recent studies suggest that the technology sector will shed approximately 168,032 jobs in 2023 – a 73% increase over 2022 according to US career consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

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