If you’re reading this and in need of a job, this holiday season may bring some unexpected cheer! Amazon just announced that it plans to hire up to 150,000 seasonal workers in the coming months. The company is specifically looking to hire drivers and fulfillment center workers, with specific roles such as stowing, picking, packing, and shipping.
Why Amazon is Hiring So Many Workers
Amazon is making this huge push for one reason and one reason alone: the upcoming holiday package volume. Last year, during the brunt of the Coronavirus pandemic, holiday shipping volumes shattered records. This year, the company anticipates volume will be even higher. By hiring 150,000 seasonal employees, Amazon will gain the additional manpower it needs to maintain its promises to its customers.
Alicia Boler-Davis, Senior Vice President for Global Customer Fulfillment, touched on Amazon’s latest wave of job offerings:
“We are proud to be offering a huge range of full-time, part-time, and now seasonal jobs with great pay and benefits. Our seasonal hiring helps us deliver on our promises to customers while also providing flexibility to our full-time employees during busy periods.”
How the eCommerce Giant is Incentivizing New Employees to Join
Historically, seasonal positions often lead to full-time employment within the company. For these holiday positions for which is Amazon is hiring, the average starting pay is $18 an hour. This figure is on par with all entry-level Amazon jobs throughout the organization. However, the company is also offering sign-on bonuses of $3,000 for seasonal employees, plus an extra $3/hour depending on shifts in many locations.
According to Amazon, the states with the greatest number of seasonal roles are as follows:
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Carolina
If you or anyone you know may be interested in a seasonal position, visit the Amazon hiring portal.