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Chart: Amazon tops 154,000 employees, a whopping 31 percent increase in 2014

Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 2.00.04 PMThere’s a good cause why Amazon wants all that shiny new workplace area in Seattle: the corporate’s worker headcount retains rising by leaps and bounds. Amazon reported at the moment that it ended 2014 with 154,100 staff worldwide.

The corporate added 36,800 staff over the course of 2014, with 4,600 of them becoming a member of the corporate in the course of the vacation quarter. It completed 2013 with 117,300 staff, that means its workforce grew by a whopping 31 percent final yr.

That highlights one of many greatest variations between Amazon and different main tech corporations: it wants staff in its achievement facilities to pack and ship objects to its prospects.

General, this has been a optimistic quarter for Amazon, which shattered expectations for its fourth quarter on Wall Avenue when it introduced earnings of 45 cents a share.

Microsoft, in the meantime, noticed a web discount in headcount by 4,100 staff as the corporate underwent broad layoffs in the course of the quarter as a a part of its new course below CEO Satya Nadella. The corporate plans to do extra layoffs in the approaching yr as effectively.

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