May 29, 2020
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Amazon added 175,000 hourly workers in its operations and delivery supply chain in response to a surge in online sales attributed to stay-home orders. The Seattle-based ecommerce giant plans to offer regular, full-time jobs to 125,000 of those workers hired in March and April.
The company said in a blog post, “Like other companies, we hired these individuals for seasonal roles to meet a surge in demand and, for many, there was the hope of returning back to their previous companies once states began to re-open.” Now that the long-term picture is becoming clearer, Amazon is looking to retain the majority of those who initially came on as seasonal workers. Some may choose to return to their previous job, and others may choose to stay at Amazon in seasonal or part-time roles.
Amazon’s regular, full-time roles come with a comprehensive benefits package, a minimum wage of at least $15 an hour, and access to training programs.
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