Home / Technology / Amazon hiring curtailed for HQ2

Amazon hiring curtailed for HQ2

Jeff Bezos, chief executive officer of Amazon.com Inc. and founder of Blue Origin LLC

Peter Foley | Bloomberg | Getty Images

Jeff Bezos, chief executive officer of Amazon.com Inc. and founder of Blue Origin LLC

Amazon has significantly cut the number of open positions in Seattle, and some employees are talking about a hiring freeze, according to the Seattle Times and two employees who spoke to CNBC.

As of last week, Amazon had 3,503 open positions in Seattle, just a fraction of the over 9,000 job openings it had in June and the lowest since 2014, the report said. That would also make the August to November period the slowest hiring four-month period for Amazon in King County, it said.

On top of that, several employees told the Seattle Times about hiring freezes or postponements in their groups, the first sign of a slowdown in Amazon’s rapid expansion over the past few years.

Separately, two current Amazon employees told CNBC they had heard no new positions will be added in the Seattle area until early next year, when the company is expected to announce the winning city for its second headquarters. One of these people said their manager shared the news, the other characterized it as a widespread rumor in the company.

The change in Amazon hiring plan comes as the e-commerce giant seeks the location of its second headquarters. Amazon has drawn 238 bids from 54 different regions across North America for the second headquarters, which the company said will get over $5 billion in investment and employ over 50,000 people.

It’s unclear what exactly is driving the cutback. But Amazon told the Seattle Times there’s no company-wide mandate for a hiring freeze. The company did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

You can read the full Seattle Times report here.

About admin

Check Also

Crypto crash may leave ad-supported businesses with hole in budget

Sergino Dest of USA and Milad Mohammadi of Iran battle for the ball during the …