Amazon Freezes Hiring for Technology, Corporate Positions

Amazon has reportedly frozen the corporate hiring for its retail business through the rest of 2022.

That hiring freeze includes technology positions, according to a new report in The New York Times. However, Amazon Web Services (AWS) will keep hiring. “Amazon continues to have a significant number of open roles available across the company,” Brad Glasser, an Amazon spokesman, told the newspaper.

The hiring freeze is a significant reversal from late last year, when new Amazon CEO Andy Jassy announced a hiring spree for 55,000 technologists and corporate employees. (At the time, job postings suggested Amazon’s most-desired tech skills included software development, JavaAmazon Web Services (AWS), C++ and Python, which is unlikely to change anytime soon.) Through the second quarter of 2022, Amazon was also paying out “record” amounts of stock to employees in a bid to retain them.

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Amazon isn’t the only company that’s slowing or freezing its hiring. Both Google and Meta have instituted hiring freezes (with the latter reportedly beginning “quiet” layoffs that could impact up to 15 percent of the workforce). Although the tech giants continue to earn billions of dollars, the current economic uncertainty is driving many executives to consider the free-spending ways of the past few years.

Overall tech hiring remains robust, and the tech unemployment rate stood at 2.3 percent in August, according to an analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). “Stability in tech hiring continues to be an over-arching theme this year,” Tim Herbert, chief research officer at CompTIA, wrote in a statement accompanying that data. “Despite all the economic noise and pockets of layoffs, aggregate tech hiring remains consistently positive.”

Despite news of hiring freezes and layoffs, companies in a variety of industries (such as retail, manufacturing, and more) are still hungry for technologists with a variety of skills, from building websites to ensuring the security of the tech stack. Even as some companies pull back from hiring, others are still going on sprees, at least for now.

2 Responses to “Amazon Freezes Hiring for Technology, Corporate Positions”

  1. Jake_Leone

    The truth is, if you have more STEM/IT candidates than you can hire, you start to discriminate based upon nationality. Specifically, you start to prefer workers that can offer and indentured service period.
    The well documented Silicon Valley no Poaching scandal shows us that this is an executive preference that goes from the top (Ex: Eric Schmidt) down (Eric Schmidt fired a recruiter that violated the no poaching policy, by successfully attracting and Apple engineer to sign with Google).
    Big Tech companies have never had to worry about finding STEM/IT workers. Meta, admitted to Federal Investigators, it receives hundreds of resumes for every job it openly advertises. Meta admitted that of those hundreds of resumes, 30+ are fully qualified for the job. Meta, turns away 29 fully qualified STEM/IT workers, for every job it open advertises.
    Meta also told Federal investigators, that the 30 or fully qualified STEM/IT workers they they turn away (per job ad, and META does hundreds of job ads), are better qualified for similar position held by foreign worker, than the foreign workers undergoing the Green Card certification process. (Meta hides the job ads used in the Green Card certification process). Meta hides the jobs ads, because META wants an indentured workforce that can’t leave the job until the Green Card arrives. Which takes decades for some workers, from certain countries, and that feeds a cycle of preference for workers from those countries, over better qualified local candidates (and workers from other places, example Europe and Israel).
    Meta never forwards the resumes of the better qualified local STEM/IT candidates (and that’s thousands of local people, according the DOJ vs Facebook (now META)) to the hiring managers involved in the Green Card process. Because that would immediately disqualify the foreign worker undergoing Green Card certificaiton.
    Big Tech’s hiring requirements run counter to the very heart and soul of the U.S. capitalist system. U.S. citizens have 13th amendment protection, which prohibits U.S. citizens from being able to indenture themselves to their employer. But a foreign worker, is de-facto indentured to their employer during the Green Card process, and that makes them preferable to U.S. citizens for jobs here in the United States.
    Big Tech isn’t looking for most skilled candidates, Big Tech wants candidates that can’t leave the job, and our Federal government has conveniently provided such foreign workers, by failing to enact required reform of the Green Card system.

  2. Jake_Leone

    Proving that all the people claiming their is shortage of STEM/IT workers in the U.S. economy, are just plain liars. DOJ vs Facebook (now META) shows us the real motivations behind hiring foreign workers, and it has nothing to do with skill levels. It is all about, can you or can you not, indenture yourself to the employer?
    U.S. citizens simply cannot do this, foreign workers can.