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Amazon Creates 100,000 New Jobs in the U.S. and Canada in Response to Online Shopping Spike  

US President Barack Obama chats with a worker at a packing station as he tours an Amazon fulfillment center on July 30, 2013 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGANMANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

On Monday, Amazon reported that they would be recruiting 100,000 additional employees to meet their increased demands for online shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic. New recruits can qualify for a hiring bonus of up to $1000. 

What to Expect

The online retail giant has stated that they will be hiring both full-time and part-time employees across both Canada and the U.S. There will be positions available in September located at more than 100 of the company’s package sorting centers along with additional roles at other facilities.

In select cities, there is a sign-on bonus of up to $1000. The starting wage for each position is at least $15 per hour. At a time when many individuals have been laid off due to the pandemic, new jobs are a source of hope for many Americans.

This is the fourth time that Amazon has had a hiring spree this year. The announcement has been anticipated as they are expecting the busiest holiday shipping period to date.

The Seattle-based company has become one of the largest private-sector employers in the world. Since 2010, the company has been responsible for more than 600,000 U.S. jobs and has invested more than $350 billion to improve compensation and infrastructure in 40 states.

In addition to its North American growth, Amazon has been adding jobs in multiple countries. In the U.K., it was announced last week that they would add 7,000 permanent jobs, bringing the total number of British employees to more than 40,000.

What it Means

This latest announcement from Amazon has come just days after the company announced that it would be creating 33,000 new technology and corporate positions. Earlier, in March and April, the company stated that it would add 75,000 and 100,000 new positions in operations. 

Dave Clark, senior V.P. of worldwide operations at Amazon said, “We are opening 100 buildings this month alone across new fulfillment and sortation centers, delivery stations, and other sites.”

With this news regarding the creation of new jobs, Clark was quick to point out that Amazon continues to uphold its “unwavering commitment” to safety. He elaborated, “Collectively, our new team members have already completed more than 1,200,000 hours of safety training, with over 500,000 more hours expected to ensure that in addition to fast and efficient delivery for our customers, we’re providing a safe and modern environment for our employees and partners.”

Since the pandemic has left hundreds of millions of people at home, the delivery giant has been deployed to clothe, entertain, and even feed the masses. This led to a 70% surge in Amazon shares. The lockdown shopping has increased profits in the second quarter to an impressive $5.2 billion with $88.9 billion in sales, a 40% increase from the previous quarter.

Jeff Bezos, the head of Amazon, has been able to increase his own fortune to more than $200 billion. While Bezos was already the richest man in the world, he has now become the first person to have more than $200 billion. 

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