Amazon announces 100,000 jobs amid rise in online shopping

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Amazon said on Monday that it will be hiring another 100,000 people in the US and Canada markets to keep pace with the online shopping surge. This announcement from Amazon comes a week after it announced 33,000 jobs. The company says that the new recruits will be hired on a full-time and part-time basis to fulfil the demands of its logistics networking department. Amazon said that these job openings have no relation to the retailer’s typical holiday hiring.

The Seattle based e-commerce giant saw record rises in revenue and profits between April and June, as more people opted for the online mode to shop for their groceries and supplies during the pandemic. The company had already hired 175,000 people towards the start of this year to keep up with the high demand. Another 33,000 corporate and tech jobs were announced last week. Amazon says that this time, the company needs the people at 100 new warehouses, package sorting centres and other facilities which are opening this month.

The new roles offer a starting wage of at least $15 per hour and in select cities Amazon is offering sign-on bonuses of up to $1000 for new recruits. On top of the $15 wage rate, Amazon will be offering full-time employees’ industry-leading benefits, which include health, vision and dental insurance from start.

Amazon is predicting busy weeks ahead. In addition to the holiday shopping demand, Amazon is likely to hold one of its busiest shopping days, Prime Day, in the fall this year. It was originally scheduled in July. Amazon will be seeing if it needs more workers for the holidays but there is no confirmation yet, Alicia Boler Davis, who oversees Amazon’s warehouses said. Last year it had hired 20,000 workers ahead of the holiday season.

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