With more Americans relying on online shopping during the coronavirus pandemic, Amazon is hiring an additional 100,000 warehouse workers.
Dave Clark, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations said: “We are opening 100,000 new full and part-time positions across the U.S. in our fulfillment centers and delivery network to meet the surge in demand from people relying on Amazon’s service during this stressful time, particularly those most vulnerable to being out in public.”
In addition to working to meet demand and help people who are relying on the ecommerce giant, Amazon is also taking measures to help employees cope with the added challenges by offering a $2 per hour raise.
“In addition to the additional 100,000 new roles we’re creating, we want to recognize our employees who are playing an essential role for people at a time when many of the services that might normally be there to support them are closed,” Clark continued. “In the U.S., we will be adding an additional $2 USD per hour worked through April from our current rate of $15/hour or more, depending on the region, £2 per hour in the UK, and approximately €2 per hour in many EU countries. 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.”
Amazon’s announcement is welcome news for customers and warehouse employees alike, and will hopefully help ease the strain from the coronavirus pandemic.