Amazon Will Hire 100,000 Workers For Holiday Season

Amazon will hire 100,000 seasonal workers across the U.S. and Canada heading into the holidays.
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Amazon  (AMZN) - Get Report said on Tuesday that it would hire 100,000 seasonal workers ahead of the holidays across the U.S. and Canada.

 The Seattle tech and online-retail giant said that the top five states with seasonal job opportunities are California, Texas, New Jersey, Maryland and Georgia. 

Full-time employees will receive $15 an hour working in Amazon’s operations network. Positions include stowing, picking, packing, shipping, and delivering customer orders. Other roles include operating robotics and working in HR and IT, Amazon said.

In some job locations, the new hires could receive bonus holiday incentives including sign-on bonuses at select locations.

Employees will be fully trained while following covid-19 safety protocols. Interested candidates can apply through amazon.com/apply

Amazon said that this year it promoted more than 35,000 operations employees.

Some 30,000 employees are working within its Career Choice program. The retailer invested $60 million in the Career Choice program to help people elevate their job skills through courses in subjects including, among others, aircraft mechanics, computer support and IT security.

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Amazon's worker-safety measures include protective equipment, staggered and flexible shifts, enhanced cleaning, revisions at workstations, and in-house covid-19 testing capabilities.

At the same time, Amazon has been criticized for what workers say are its efforts to prevent them from unionizing. 

In response, Amazon told TheStreet that it doesn't terminate employees for expressing their opinions and respects their right to speak up or join a union without fear of retaliation, intimidation or harassment. 

Amazon currently employs more than 600,000 full and part-time employees across the U.S.

Last week, the company said that Prime members who shop at Whole Foods will get one-hour windows within which they can pick up their orders from the supermarket chain.

Subscribers to Amazon Prime who order $35 or more can select pickup windows that work for them after shopping on the Amazon app and placing their orders. 

In September, Amazon said it will hire as many as 100,000 full- and part-time employees across the U.S. and Canada to work in its growing network of fulfillment centers.

The new jobs include benefits and signing bonuses of as much as $1,000 in select cities, and access to training programs.

Amazon is not the only company gearing up for the holidays through new hires. 

Earlier this month, Dollar Tree  (DLTR) - Get Report said it would hire 25,000 workers to help with management, stocking and more. And Walmart  (WMT) - Get Report said it would hire 20,000 workers to work at its e-commerce fulfillment centers.

Similarly, Target  (TGT) - Get Report will hire 130,000 workers to manage online orders and in-store pickups, while Gap  (GPS) - Get Report is hiring 20,000 workers to help with customer service.

At last check Amazon shares were trading up 2%, near $3,270.