Amazon is hiring 250,000 people in full-time, part-time and seasonal fulfillment center and transportation roles in hundreds of cities and towns across the USA.
The company has added more than 800,000 jobs in the past five years, making it the country’s leading job creator, and is investing US$1.3bn this year toward pay increases for customer fulfillment and transportation employees. This will bring the average pay for those roles to over US$20.50 per hour (a more than 50% increase over five years), with some locations offering as much as US$28 per hour.
“A fulfillment or transportation employee who starts with us today will see a 13% in-crease in pay over the next three years – likely more, including our annual wage investments – and that’s on top of offerings like prepaid college tuition with Career Choice and health care benefits from day one,” said John Felton, Amazon’s senior vice president of Worldwide Operations.
Amazon increases hourly wages every year, and over the past five years has invested more than US$10bn in hourly pay. This year Amazon also has continued to invest in employee benefits, adding several new offerings including an emergency savings program and a financial assistance pilot program that has helped save customer fulfillment and transportation employees nearly US$20m – all available from day one of employment.
Jobs in Amazon’s operations network are available in hundreds of cities and towns across America and offer signing bonuses between US$1,000 and US$3,000 in select locations, with employees earning between US$17 and US$28 per hour depending on position and location in the USA.
Employees looking to join Amazon for the first time or to come back as a rehire will also receive improved on-the-job safety training. This year Amazon has enhanced real-life, job-applicable safety training, along with developing an improved Powered Industrial Trucks (PIT) Training curriculum, designed specifically to boost knowledge retention and to prioritize personal and site safety. These machines include order pickers and forklifts.
Amazon has opened over 50 fulfillment centers, delivery stations and same-day delivery sites in the USA this year, resulting in hundreds or thousands of new job opportunities per site, depending on its size and location.