Amazon, the online retail giant, is set to cut a further 9,000 jobs in a cost-cutting exercise, according to reports. The positions will be mainly in areas such as cloud computing and advertising, but it has not been revealed which countries will be affected. The cuts are expected to take place in the coming weeks, and come after the company slashed 18,000 jobs in January. Amazon CEO Andy Jassy said the decision was “difficult” but would benefit the company in the long term. Despite adding roles in most areas of the business in recent years, the uncertain economic climate prompted the company to take a more streamlined approach to costs and headcount.