Amazon Initiates a Hiring Freeze That’ll Last Until the End of 2022

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Amazon Via Unsplash Andrew Stickelman

Amazon has launched a corporate hiring stoppage for its retail segment, according to a New York Times report. The freeze will last until the end of 2022.

“Amazon continues to have a significant number of open roles available across the company,” Amazon spokesperson Brad Glasser said in a statement to Insider. “We have many different businesses at various stages of evolution, and we expect to keep adjusting our hiring strategies in each of these businesses at various junctures.”

According to The New York Times’ Karen Weise, the freeze will last until the end of 2022, and affect all corporate positions in the firm’s stores business, with a few exceptions such as “field positions.” 

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The Times obtained internal documents indicating that the online behemoth will continue with interviews that are scheduled before the cutoff date of Oct. 15. 

When it comes to large firms shaking up their hiring strategies, Amazon is not alone. Walmart recently announced that it would hire fewer store workers this holiday season compared with other years. Many companies have struggled with the “Great Regret” after recruiting too many employees earlier in the pandemic. Some, such as Tesla, 7-Eleven, and TikTok, have gone on to initiate layoffs and hiring freezes to course-correct.