Amazon to Hire 100,000 Workers & Increase Pay To Cope With “Surge in Demand”
E-commerce giant Amazon has announced it will hire more than 100,000 workers to help the company keep up with the surge in demand posed by the coronavirus, as well as increasing the wage of its existing employees to maintain morale in a testing time for its workers.
With a dramatic increase in the number of people working from home and possibly in home isolation or quarantine, Amazon has seen a huge increase in the number of people stocking up on supplies like disinfectant, toilet paper, and food staples.
Amazon in the past few weeks has been overwhelmed by orders from stockpilers and those with idle time in isolation, with its usual expedient delivery time being pushed back by a number of days thanks to shortfalls in supply and its ability to distribute goods.
Amazon made the announcement that is would be hiring 100,000 new employees, both full and part-time “to meet the surge in demand from people relying on Amazon’s service during this stressful time.”
Amazon announced in a blog that the company investing more than $350 million globally for new staff, and to also increase the wages paid to its workers by around $2 an hour in the U.S., £2 in the U.K. and €2 in the European Union. The jobs up for grabs include delivery driving positions, as well as positions in distribution centers and warehouses.
“We are seeing a significant increase in demand, which means our labor needs are unprecedented for this time of year,” wrote Dave Clark, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations.
Clark continued to explain that “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. We want those people to know we welcome them on our teams until things return to normal as their past employer is able to bring them back.”
Internally, Clark says that Amazon has been consulting medical experts to take all necessary precautions to avoid the spread of the virus in its warehouses. “We’ve taken measures to promote social distancing in the workplace and taken on enhanced and frequent cleaning.”
NPR is reporting that “the retail giant said it would provide up to two weeks of paid leave to hourly workers who get diagnosed with COVID-19 or get placed into quarantine. Amazon also allowed unlimited unpaid time off through March.”