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Amazon Plans to Hire 100,000 Workers for Holiday Season 2018

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Amazon logoAmazon is hiring 100,000 seasonal workers in the US across its network of customer fulfillment and delivery facilities, it announced this week.

Last year at this time Amazon announced it was hiring 120,000 seasonal workers for the 2017 holiday shopping season.

Interestingly, Amazon said last year its temporary hires would “join the 125,000 regular, full-time employees at Amazons more than 75 fulfillment centers across the country.” This year, it didn’t mention the number of regular full-time employees it had working in fulfillment, nor did it mention how many fulfillment centers it now operates in the US.

It’s also interesting to take a look back 4 years and see that Amazon was hiring 80,000 seasonal workers for its 50 US fulfillment centers. At the time, Amazon was rolling out a fairly new concept, the “sortation center” and had plans to end 2014 with over 15 sortation centers in the US.

Press release follows:

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As Amazon heads into the holiday shopping season, the company is currently filling more than 100,000 seasonal jobs across its network of customer fulfillment and delivery facilities this year complete with new employment perks. Newly hired applicants will benefit from the new Amazon$15 minimum hourly wage, weekly paychecks for seasonal roles, flexible shift opportunities to fit within busy schedules, the option of receiving job information via text messaging, and a new application process that helps fit job seekers to the right building and the right role.

“For those who are looking for short-term roles to help pay for gifts or supplement other income, this is a great opportunity to try a role with Amazon for the first time. We also have team members who return to work at Amazon during the holidays year after year,” said Dave Clark, SVP for Amazon Operations. “Since the $15 minimum wage announcement, we are seeing a great response from job applicants and are encouraged in our early efforts to lead in pay for hourly employees.”

In response to the $15 minimum wage announcement issued on October 2nd;

– More than 70,000 applications were received in the first 48 hours post announcement

– More applications were received in the week after the announcement than in the entire month of August

– Traffic to AmazonDelivers.Jobs was up 180%

– Tens of thousands of interested job applicants have already picked their preferred shift and attended hiring events across the US

Amazon hiring teams across the country are continuing to hold job fairs, especially in California, Illinois, Washington, Kentucky, New Jersey, and Florida, where the hiring need is greatest for fulfillment centers, sortation centers, and delivery stations. For more information on Amazon’s job creation impact, visit here. Seasonal team members help fulfill customer orders, sort packages, load trucks, and the hundreds of other tasks needed to make the holidays happen for customers. Employees will be part of a fun and peculiar culture that keep people coming back year after year, particularly family and friends of current employees who are the company’s biggest source of seasonal candidates.

Throughout the year, on average 90 percent of fulfillment center associates are regular, full-time employees. On top of Amazon’s $15 minimum wage, the company also offers full-time employees industry-leading benefits which include comprehensive healthcare on Day 1, up to 20 weeks paid maternity and parental leave, and Amazon’s innovative Career Choice program, which pre-pays 95% of tuition for courses in high-demand fields.

Continues Clark, “Every year we start again with hundreds of new leadership promotions, new facilities launching in new communities, teams are built and trained, massive selection is stocked … all in preparation for our busiest time of the year.”

Candidates interested in seasonal positions can learn more and apply online at www.AmazonDelivers.Jobs. Amazon encourages anyone to come see for themselves what it’s like to work at an Amazon fulfillment center by taking a tour; go to http://amazonfctours.com for more information.

SOURCE: Amazon Press Release

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