Amazon’s hiring of less Xmas staff indicates growing automation

Amazon’s hiring of less Xmas staff indicates growing automation

Amazon is hiring fewer Xmas workers this year which could be a sign of growing automation within the retail industry.

In the past couple of years, Amazon has brought in 120,000 additional temporary staff to deal with the Christmas rush. This year, that number has dropped to 100,000.

While it’s hardly the robots-are-taking-our-jobs apocalypse some predict, it appears to be the start of a decline in the need for human workers.Citi Analyst Mark May told CNBC : “We’ve seen an acceleration in the use of robots within their fulfilment centres, and that has corresponded with fewer and fewer workers that they’re […]

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