Amazon, Salesforce lay off thousands

E-commerce giant Amazon and business software maker Salesforce are the latest U.S. technology companies to announce major job cuts to workforces that expanded during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report from the Associated Press.

Amazon said Wednesday that it will be cutting about 18,000 positions. It’s the largest set of layoffs in the Seattle-based company’s history, although just a fraction of its 1.5 million global workforce. 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.

Salesforce, meanwhile, said it is laying off about 8,000 employees, or 10% of its workforce.

Salesforce workers who lose their jobs will receive nearly five months of pay, health insurance, career resources, and other benefits, according to the company. Amazon said it is also offering a separation payment, transitional health insurance benefits, and job placement support.