Amazon Needs to Hire 100K Workers to Keep Up with Surge of Orders
Amazon said Monday that it needs to hire 100,000 people across the U.S. to keep up with increased orders. As coronavirus spreads, more people are staying at home and avoiding shopping in stores.
The online retailer said it will also temporarily raise pay by $2 an hour through the end of April for hourly employees. That includes workers at its warehouses, delivery centers and Whole Foods grocery stores, all of whom make at least $15 an hour. Employees in the United Kingdom and other European countries will get a similar raise.
Amazon said this weekend that a surge of orders is putting its operations under pressure. It warned shoppers that it could take longer than the usual two days to get packages. It also said it was sold out of many household cleaning supplies and is working to get more in stock, Bloomberg reports.
The Seattle-based company said the job openings are for a mix of full-time and part-time positions and include delivery drivers and warehouse workers, who pack and ship orders to shoppers. Amazon is already the second-largest U.S.-based employer behind Walmart, with nearly 800,000 workers worldwide.