Amazon plans to hire 100,000 full-time and part-time employees in the US and Canada, the company announced on Monday, September 14.
This is followed by a recruiting offensive at the beginning of the year, during which a total of 175,000 new employees were added to the ranks.
The hiring frenzy was fueled by the coronavirus pandemic after home ordering and health concerns led more people to switch to online shopping for everyday items.
In a blog post on its website announcing the call for new employees, Amazon said some of the employees would be deployed in 100 newly opened operational buildings, including fulfillment centers, delivery stations, and sorting centers.
The new roles offer a starting wage of at least $ 15 an hour, while the company is offering a sign-up bonus of up to $ 1,000 in some cities. New employees get day-one health, vision, and dental insurance, 401 (k) with 50% company compliance, up to 20 weeks of paid parental leave, and the company's Career Choice program that prepays 95% of tuition in strong demanded areas.
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The company is hosting an online careers day on September 16 to attract 33,000 employees for corporate and technology roles, paying an average of $ 150,000.
While many brick and mortar retailers felt the heat of staying away as shoppers worried about the virus, Amazon struggled with entirely different issues, namely keeping up with record demand for online shopping supplies during a pandemic.
When COVID-19 took hold in the U.S. earlier this year, the company was increasingly screened for its efforts to protect its warehouse workers from the virus.
Some workers complained about inadequate security measures, even though Amazon insisted on taking appropriate measures to protect its workforce. At least nine Amazon warehouse workers are known to have died from the virus, although it is not clear how they got infected with it. Many more have symptoms.
Amazon has more than a million full-time and part-time employees worldwide, of which approximately 800,000 are based in the United States. While the last of the employees are being offered permanent positions, it is not yet clear whether Amazon will also hire additional staff to approach the holiday season.