Amazon Fulfillment Center in Eastvale, California, Tuesday, August 31, 2021.
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Amazon said Monday that it employs 150,000 seasonal employees in the United States to support the surge in demand associated with the holiday shopping rush.
It’s a sharp rise from last year when Amazon said it would bring 100,000 seasonal employees.
Employees help receive, pack, and ship orders in warehouses across Amazon’s vast fulfillment network. The company ranks up in the fall to deal with the surge in orders that arrive before the holidays, often referred to as the “peak season.”
According to Amazon, the average starting salary for this job is $ 18 per hour. The company also offers a $ 3,000 sign-on bonus in some locations and an additional $ 3 per hour for some shift workers.
Amazon is facing tight labor markets and is hanging incentives such as contracts and free college tuition. Other companies, including rival Wal-Mart and Target, are also raising their perks to seduce workers.
Brian Olsavsky, CFO of Amazon, told analysts and investors after the company’s second-quarter earnings report in July that the competitive labor market has led to higher costs.
The company has been hiring since the inception of the pandemic, with 500,000 employees by 2020. We are also returning profits to physical expansion in order to grow our warehousing and logistics operations nationwide at an alarming rate.
New holiday employment will come after Amazon said it was considering hiring 125,000 employees nationwide in September.
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Amazon plans to hire 150,000 seasonal staff during the holiday season
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