Amazon Is Hiring Another 75,000 People to Meet Increased Demand

Amazon says it’s investing $500 million into raising the pay of its hourly workers.

Written by Gordon Gottsegen
Published on Apr. 13, 2020
Amazon Is Hiring Another 75,000 People to Meet Increased Demand
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On March 16, Amazon pledged to hire 100,000 people to meet the significant increase in demand during the coronavirus pandemic. Impressively, it took the e-commerce giant less than a month to meet that goal. But Amazon isn’t calling off its hiring spree yet.

Amazon announced it’s hiring an additional 75,000 workers for full-time and part-time positions in a Monday blog post. These new jobs are also meant to address the increased demand, and include roles in Amazon fulfillment centers, Amazon Fresh and various jobs across the Amazon operational network.

The company acknowledges that many workers in the hospitality, travel and restaurant industries lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the tech giant is welcoming these people to apply for these openings.

As part of Amazon’s response to COVID-19, the company is also increasing pay for hourly employees by $2 per hour. Amazon previously said it would be investing $350 million into increasing its workers’ pay, but with the additional 75,000 jobs, Amazon now expects to invest $500 million.

Additionally, Amazon is currently developing its new Bellevue headquarters, which is expected to be completed in 2024. Last month, the company said it’s on track to hire 15,000 people in the Bellevue area over the next few years.

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