The e-commerce giant is hiring 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 company announced on Monday.
In a statement, Seattle-based Amazon said it plans to hire 100,000 staff at starting wages of least $15 an hour. The new jobs include benefits and signing bonuses of as much as $1,000 in select cities, and access to training programs.
The hiring spree follows a six-month bender for Amazon that saw global sales surge to records as consumers turned to their screens for shopping amid pandemic-induced lockdowns – and grew acclimated to getting their goods delivered to their doorstep.
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Even as the global economy has slowly recovered since spring, online shopping for essential and non-essential goods alike has soared, pushing Amazon’s revenue – and market valuation – to dizzying heights.
To fulfill that demand, Amazon has been opening fulfillment and sortation centers, delivery stations, and other sites and locations at a rapid clip - 75 in the U.S. and Canada so far in 2020, with 100 more planned before the end of the calendar year.
Just last week, Amazon announced the addition of 10,000 corporate and tech employees in its Seattle offices. That followed plans to add 3,500 permanent workers in office locations around the U.S.