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COVID-19: Amazon to hire 100,000 workers to meet demand

Written by James Delahunty @ 17 Mar 2020 10:06

COVID-19: Amazon to hire 100,000 workers to meet demand

Online retail giant will create 100,000 more roles to meet significant jumps in demand amidst the global coronavirus pandemic.
It will create the 100,000 new positions for warehouse and delivery workers in the United States to begin with. It is targeting people who have recently been laid off due to the closure of restaurants, bars, stores and so forth. The company says that online orders are spiking are more people are practicing social distancing to thwart the spread of the novel coronavirus.

"We also know many people have been economically impacted as jobs in areas like hospitality, restaurants, and travel are lost or furloughed as part of this crisis. We want those people to know we welcome them on our teams until things return to normal and their past employer is able to bring them back," Amazon's press information states.

In addition to the 100,000 new roles, Amazon is also bumping hourly pay a little. It is increasing hourly pay by $2 in the U.S., 2 in the UK, and 2 in the EU through to April as workers deal with the heavier demand.

"This commitment to increased pay through the end of April represents an investment of over $350 million in increased compensation for hourly employees across the U.S., Europe, and Canada."

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