Amazon plans to hire 33000 people in US

Daniel Fowler
September 13, 2020

While many US companies are laying off or furloughing employees due to the pandemic's economic impact, Amazon is stepping up its hiring. As a part of the nationwide virtual event, Amazon - the largest job creator in the USA over the last decade - will give attendees the opportunity to learn about the 33,000 corporate and tech jobs now available across the country, and the thousands of additional hourly positions in the company's operations network to be announced soon. The company also will "mobilize 1,000 of its recruiters to provide 20,000 career coaching sessions to attendees in a single day".

Demand has been so high, Amazon has struggled to deliver items as fast as it normally does and had to hire 175,000 more people to help pack and ship orders in its warehouses.

In August, Amazon said it planned to hire 3,500 additional workers in cities across the USA, a move that commits the tech giant to a significant expansion of office space at a time when other tech companies are embracing telecommuting indefinitely.

The employees who fill the corporate and tech roles will receive an average pay of $150,000, including salary, stock-based compensation and benefits, an Amazon spokesperson told CNN Business. It will feature discussions with Amazon executives, career experts, and headline keynotes from television host and lifestyle coach Karamo and former National Football League player and NASA astronaut Leland Miller. Walmart and Target have also seen their sales surge during the health crisis.

The company said the new hires will work from home at first, but Amazon said it does want employees to return to the office eventually.

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Other retailers have had a far worse go of it. J.C. Penney, J.Crew and Brooks Brothers have all gone bankrupt.

Last year, according to Amazon, 17,000 individuals took part in its Career Day and over 200,000 applied for positions within the company. "We've created more jobs in the USA over the past decade than any other company- and we are continuing to hire people from all backgrounds and at all skill levels". Companies across other industries have announced buyouts or layoffs, including Coca-Cola and American Airlines.

Anyone interested in attending the online event can register for Amazon Career Day here.

Ardine Williams, Amazon's vice president of workforce development, said plans to build a second headquarters near Washington, D.C., are going as planned, despite the pandemic, with 1,000 workers already hired.

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