With so many people staying at home due to world events, online shopping is at an all-time high for convenience and safety reasons. In particular, Amazon has been experiencing a huge spike in orders, and the company is struggling to keep up as evidenced by significant shipping delays to customers. To help keep up with the demand, Amazon has announced it plans to hire 75,000 more workers to better serve customers.
Last month, Amazon announced it would be hiring 100,000 new associates. The company has already fulfilled that pledge, and it still plans to add 75,000 more full-time and part-time workers to the fold.
“Today, we are proud to announce that our original 100,000 jobs pledge is filled and those new employees are working at sites across the U.S. helping to serve customers,” reads a statement on the company’s site. “We continue to see increased demand as our teams support their communities, and are going to continue to hire, creating an additional 75,000 jobs to help serve customers during this unprecedented time.”
With millions of people across the country suddenly out of work due to the coronavirus outbreak, Amazon’s hiring initiative could help many people get back to work during these tough times.
The new jobs include warehouse positions as well as delivery jobs across the U.S. Additionally, Amazon has also increased minimum pay rates on jobs by $2 per hour through the month of April.
“We 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 and we welcome anyone out of work to join us at Amazon until things return to normal and their past employer is able to bring them back,” the company said. “We also continue to invest in pay increases and previously expected to spend $350 million to increase wages during this unprecedented time—we now expect that to be over $500 million.”
Anyone who is interested in applying can do so at www.amazon.com/jobsnow.
Amazon has also started to take additional measures to ensure worker safety by issuing face masks and giving temperature checks. The company also said it was working toward testing of all employees.
“We’ll continue to invest in safety, pay, and benefits for our teams who are playing an invaluable role in getting items to communities around the world,” the company stated.