In the camps of Amazon, fewer people and more robots will be employed during the Christmas season, claims a leading analyst.
The retail giant hires thousands of additional employees every year to meet the growing demand of the holidays.
Amazon will only hire an additional 100,000 people this year, 20,000 less than in the previous two Christmas sales.
Citi analyst Mark May told CNBC that this is likely to be an early indication of increasing automation at Amazon as it reduces dependence on human resources.
Amazon has been controversial about working conditions in its fulfillment centers, with allegations that employees were forced to urinate in a bottle and employees were not paid after suffering serious injuries.
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Amazon workers (pictured) are being replaced by robots as the company uses more robots and reduces their dependency on human resources, according to a Citi analyst. Amazon recruits only 100,000 people for Christmas, 20,000 less than in previous years
"We've seen faster use of robots in their fulfillment centers, and this has led to fewer and fewer workers hiring them on vacation," said the Internet analyst.
Mr. May claimed that this was the first time that Amazon would hire fewer holiday workers than last year.
"Since the last holiday season, we've focused on more current full-time jobs in our fulfillment centers and other facilities," said Amazon spokesman Ashley Robinson to CNBC.
"We are proud to have created over 130,000 new jobs last year alone."
Ms. Robinson said Amazon has created 300,000 full-time jobs since 2012.
"It's a myth that automation replaces jobs and destroys net employment growth," she said.
"Our teams work with more than 100,000 robots in more than 26 fulfillment centers worldwide, and we look forward to further increasing the technology we use at our sites while increasing our global workforce."
Amazon claims it is a myth that automation replaces jobs and destroys net employment growth. This is the first time that Amazon wants to hire fewer holiday workers than last year (image file).
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A November 2017 report suggested that physical jobs in predictable environments, including machine operators and fast food workers, are most likely to be replaced by robots.
McKinsey, based in New York, focused on the number of jobs lost to automation and which occupations were most at risk.
According to the report, data collection and processing are two other categories of activities that can be done better and faster with machines.
This could replace large amounts of work, such as mortgages, paralegal work, bookkeeping, and back-office transactions.
Conversely, jobs in unpredictable environments are the least risk.
The report added: "Professions such as gardeners, plumbers, or pediatric care providers – will generally be less automated by 2030, as they are technically difficult to automate and often require relatively low wages, making automation one of a kind less attractive business makes proposal. & # 39;
Last month, Amazon announced it would raise the minimum wage for workers in the US to $ 15 an hour.
This is followed by a turbulent time for the company, which has been confronted with various complaints and widespread criticism of the working conditions in its fulfillment centers.
A Guardian investigation earlier this year found that workers who had suffered accidents at work had to live without income or financial support.
A survey of 100 anonymous employees in April found that more than half suffered from depression and eight had thought of suicide.
The survey was conducted by Organize, which works for unions.
In its latest report, also published in April 2018, Amazon's Fulfillment Centers were named the most dangerous jobs in the United States by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health.
James Bloodworth, who had been working ten shifts in a warehouse in Rugeley, Staffordshire, claimed that the employees were urinating because they were afraid of getting into trouble because they had taken toilet breaks.
He said, "For those of us who worked on the top floor, the next toilets were four steps up."