Amazon Creates 100,000 Additional Jobs in the United States and Canada

Amazon Creates 100,000 Additional Jobs in the United States and Canada

September 15th, 2020

E-commerce giant Amazon, which is benefiting from an explosion in demand for online orders since the start of the pandemic, announced Monday that it has created 100,000 additional jobs in the United States and Canada.

These new hires come on top of several large recruitment campaigns organized by the group in recent months to respond to the surge in activity.

Since the beginning of September alone, Amazon said it plans to hire 33,000 new people in the United States in administrative and technical positions and 10,000 new people at its Bellevue, Washington, site.

The group of Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world, also announced plans to hire 7,000 more people in the United Kingdom by the end of the year.

At the end of July, when Amazon released its results, it said it had already created more than 175,000 jobs since March and was in the process of transforming 125,000 of them into permanent positions.

The company did not specify Monday when it plans to create the 100,000 new jobs, but said the hiring process had already begun.

While the unemployment rate remains high in the United States due to the pandemic but decreased much more than expected in August, at 8.4%, the group is offering a minimum wage of 15 dollars per hour and a hiring bonus of 1,000 dollars in some cities.

The group also offers significant benefits in the U.S., such as health insurance from day one, a retirement savings plan, up to 20 weeks of paid parental leave and training.

Many of these new jobs are for 100 new business sites – distribution centers, sorting centers, delivery branches – scheduled to open this month.

They are in addition to 75 new units already opened since the beginning of the year in the United States and Canada.

Containment measures have made Amazon even more popular and ubiquitous in the daily lives of millions of people.

Other companies such as the Walmart supermarket chain or the Fedex logistics group have also benefited from the surge in online sales and have been hiring more people.

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