(Bloomberg) – Amazon.com Inc. is hiring 100,000 full-time and part-time employees in the US and Canada, offering wages of at least $ 15 per hour, the Seattle-based e-commerce giant’s latest announcement of hiring .
The new jobs include benefits and sign-on bonuses that exceed $ 1,000 in select cities and access to training programs, the company said in a statement on Monday. This is in addition to the 33,000 corporate and technology employees announced last week, the Seattle-based e-commerce giant.
The company said in the statement that Amazon plans to open 100 new operations buildings at fulfillment centers, delivery stations, sorting centers and other sites.
Amazon has added jobs globally because according to its July financial report, the number of full and part-time employees increased by nearly 10% to 876,800 in the first six months of 2020. Earlier this month, the company announced plans to add 7,000 permanent employees in the UK and has made similar announcements in Ireland and South Africa.
Its shares have increased nearly 70% this year, raising its market value to $ 1.56 trillion, as the company’s online shopping service became critical in many households under lockdown during the Kovid-19 epidemic.
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Nevertheless, the company has attracted criticism for how it treats workers. The company posted and then removed a post for an analyst to “organize labor”, calling the threats against the company “inaccurate”. However, labor activists said the listing suggests that Amazon is trying to prevent workers from collective bargaining, which gained attention in the first year when some employees protested the conditions in warehouses that they said they should There is a danger of catching coronovirus.
Amazon said $ 4 billion was spent in the second quarter on initiatives related to Kovid-19 in July to keep employees safe and provide them with additional compensation.
According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is the wealthiest person in the world with a net worth of $ 184 billion.
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