Amazon announced Monday that it plans to add 150,000 seasonal jobs for the upcoming holidays in the U.S., as the e-commerce giant expects a Christmas shopping season characterized by high demand and supply shortages.
The announcement represents a 50 percent increase from last year, when Amazon brought on roughly 100,000 seasonal workers.
According to its last earnings report, Amazon is the second-largest private employer in the U.S after Walmart, with 950,000 employees nationwide.
At the end of 2020, it had 1.3 million full-time, part-time and temporary workers worldwide.
The hiring frenzy comes during a major U.S. labor shortage and increased union activity that’s led it and other companies to increase wages in time for the crucial end-of-year shopping period.
In September, Amazon increased its average starting salary to more than $18 an hour.
Seasonal roles will include sign-on bonuses of up to $3,000 and, depending on shifts, an additional $3 per hour salary.
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Source: Daily Mail