Amazon will be hiring 100,000 full and part-time employees throughout the US and Canada, where it will provide wages that start from a minimum of $15 an hour.
The jobs will contain benefits and sign-on bonuses that will go up to $1,000 in some selected cities and access to training programs. This will be added onto the 33,000 corporate and technology employees the company announced a week ago.
The e-commerce giant also has plans to start 100 new operations buildings this month throughout fulfilment centres, delivery stations, sorting centres and other sites.
The company’s business and market valuation has risen quite a lot and has needed to hire around 10% more full and part-time employees, making it 876,800 within the first six months of this year. About 7,000 permanent workers have been planned to be brought on in the UK as well as similar numbers in Ireland and South Africa, the company said earlier this month.
The e-commerce company’s shares have risen about 70%, which has boosted its market value to $1.56 trillion, as its services have become very important to those that work and study from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In July, $4 billion had been spent in the second quarter for coronavirus related initiatives in order to keep their employees safe and offer them any extra compensation, Amazon said.