Amazon is to cut another 9,000 jobs from its global workforce.

It comes on top of 18,000 layoffs which were announced in January.

It is not yet known how the latest redundancies will impact Irish-based staff.

Amazon employs around 5,000 people in Ireland and last year opened a new warehouse and processing facility in Dublin.

The January layoffs resulted in around 70 job cuts in Ireland.

An Amazon spokesperson told RTÉ News that they had nothing to add beyond what was contained in an update today from the company CEO Andy Jassy.

'Difficult decision'

In a message to staff, Mr Jassy wrote that 9,000 more jobs would be cut in the coming weeks mostly in the company's cloud computing division AWS, human resources, advertising and in the streaming service Twitch.

"This was a difficult decision, but one that we think is best for the company long term," Mr Jassy said.

He said that in recent years the company had hired a significant number of staff.

"However, given the uncertain economy in which we reside, and the uncertainty that exists in the near future, we have chosen to be more streamlined in our costs and headcount," Mr Jassy added.

The reason today's redundancies were not included in January's announcement, Mr Jassy said, was because not all team leaders had completed their cost-cutting plans.

He added that impacted teams have not yet finished making final decisions on precisely which roles will be impacted.

This process is expected to be completed by mid to late April at which time the company will communicate with the impacted employees, or where applicable in Europe, with employee representative bodies.

Amazon is the second major tech firm to announce a second round of layoffs.

Last week Facebook parent Meta said it would cut an additional 10,000 jobs globally.

In November, the company announced 11,000 layoffs which resulted in around 300 jobs being cut from its Irish operation.

Other tech giants including Microsoft, Salesforce and Alphabet have slashed thousands of jobs in recent months after pandemic-led hiring sprees left them overstaffed.