Amazon to hire 1,00,000 workers to deal with more online buying because of Coronavirus
March 17, 2020
Amazon is hiring around 1,00,000 workers in the US to meet the online shopping rush prompted by shutdown and lockdown due to coronavirus pandemic. These positions are mainly for the warehouse and deliver workers.
The company has announced this move in order to keep up with the surge in online shopping as consumers look to self-isolate themselves and as many offline stores down their shutters to comply with lockdowns.
The company will provide an additional $2 per hour for the workers in fulfilment centers of the US through April. As of now, the pay for the entry level workers is $15 per hour.
In addition, the company will pay extra 2 pounds per hour for the workers in Europe and the UK. The total budget that Amazon has planned to undertake this exercise is $350 million, most of which will be spent on increased compensation in the US, UK, and Europe.
Dave Clark, Amazon's senior vice president of international operations in an official blog post wrote, We are opening 100,000 new full and part-time positions across the U.S. in our fulfillment centers and delivery network to meet the surge in demand from people relying on Amazon's service during this stressful time, particularly those most vulnerable to being out in public.
In the blog post, Clark has acknowledged the workers who might have been affected due to shutting down of restaurants, pubs and cafes. He welcomed them on his team. We also know many people have been economically impacted as jobs in areas like hospitality, restaurants, and travel are lost or furloughed as part of this crisis, wrote Clark.
On Saturday, Amazon said that it was facing shortage of products and had run out of stock for household items amid the surge in buying. We are working around the clock with our selling partners to ensure availability on all of our products, and bring on additional capacity to deliver all of your orders. Amazon had said.
Last week, Amazon said that it would give upto two weeks of pay to Amazon employees diagnosed with COVID-19.
Two Amazon employees, one from Seattle and one from Brazil have been tested positive for the COVID-19 disease. Amazon had issued a work from home directive to its employees who can work from home on March 5.