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